After using 80mg of Zocor for about 11 years and suffering sometimes,
unbearable muscle pain, this, what is essentially a recall on 80mg Zocor (Simvastatin),
showed up on my computer. If you
are using 80mg Zocor (Simvastatin) you might find this info useful.
I did. I just resent the
fact that the FDA took so many decades to correct this terrible wrong.
Zocor Label Warning
J. Cooper Carlisle | July 10th, 2011 | Posted in Zocor Lawsuit News
Hundreds of Zocor lawsuits and a petition from a consumer safety group have led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider placing a “black box” warning label on the popular anti-cholesterol drug. Several other drugs have received the strongest possible warning from the FDA, and the drug already carries a warning label against some of the more dangerous Zocor side effects. However, new claims about Zocor muscle injury could lead to even stronger cautionary messages about the Merck product.
Causes of Zocor Muscle Injury
A recent study found that Zocor side effects from the 80mg dose of the drug can lead to an increase in production of a protein that can contribute to kidney damage and Zocor muscle injury. The manufacturers of the drug, possibly in response to dozens of Zocor lawsuits, created an online information page on their web site that warns of Zocor muscle injury. In part, the page reads, “Muscle problems, including muscle breakdown, can be serious in some people and rarely cause kidney damage that can lead to death.”
Zocor Side Effects and Black Box Warning
The FDA ordered stronger warning labels on the product, including outlining the dangers of Zocor muscle injury and other Zocor side effects. The agency has yet to issue a black box warning on the product and other drugs (called statins) that function in much the same way. Public Citizen, a consumer safety awareness group, has called on the FDA to place a black box warning on all statins since 2001, including a message on Zocor side effects and Zocor muscle injury for that brand.
The controversy over Zocor side effects has led to hundreds of Zocor lawsuits against Merck. The cases may either be tried as individual Zocor lawsuits or be consolidated into multidistrict litigation, which will enable the attorneys to gather evidence about Zocor muscle injury during the discovery phase and avoid duplication of effort on both sides.
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