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Serzone Side Effects May Lead To Liver Failure Lawsuits

Serzone | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Liver Failure, Death, Liver Transplant, Liver Damage

Serzone Has Been Removed From the U.S. Market

On May 19, 2004 Bristol Myers Squibb announced it would stop selling Serzone in the United States. The drug had previously been removed from all countries except the U.S.

On January 8th, 2003, Serzone was removed from the market in all European countries because it has been linked to 26 deaths from liver damage. This follows a black box warning issued by the FDA in 2001.

In December, 2001 The Food and Drug Administration notified Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. that it must include a so-called black-box warning on its label for the antidepressant Serzone advising patients that rare but possibly life-threatening liver failure can occur with use of the drug. A black-box warning label is the most serious warning issued by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

The black-box designation refers to a black outline surrounding a section of the label and of the Physicians' Desk Reference, reserved for only the most serious side effects. The agency sent a notice this week to the New York-based company and soon will require Bristol-Myers to warn doctors by letter that patients could suffer severe liver failure that could lead to death or necessitate a liver transplant.

Serzone is an antidepressant manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb; the generic name for Serzone is nefazodone hydrochloride. Serzone was approved by the FDA for use in the United States for the treatment of depression in 1994. Serzone is an anti-depressant in a class of its own in terms of its structure and composition, Serzone shares some characteristics with other serotonin uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Serzone

If you or a loved one took Serzone and suffered side effects, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified drug side effects attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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U-M Explores How Drugs Affect The Liver

Dec 28, 2004 | Detroit Free Press
A national study of children and adults who have developed liver problems from popular drugs and alternative medicines is underway at the University of Michigan.Recently, withdrawals of the diabetes drug Rezulin and the antidepressant Serzone have been related to liver toxicity. Other substances, including herbal drugs and weight loss agents, also can damage the liver.The study, called the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network or DILIN, will enroll people over the age of 2 years who have recently...

FDA Orders Strong Antidepressant Warnings

Oct 15, 2004 | AP
All antidepressants must carry a "black box" warning, the government's strongest safety alert, linking the drugs to increased suicidal thoughts and behavior among children and teens taking them, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Because the warnings are primarily seen by doctors, the agency also is creating an information guide for patients to advise them of the risk. "Today's actions represent FDA's conclusions about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and the necessary actions...

FDA Admits Drugs' Risks

Sep 14, 2004 | Los Angeles Times
Top Food and Drug Administration officials said publicly for the first time Monday that scientific trials of frequently prescribed antidepressants have powerfully demonstrated that children who took the medications faced an increased risk of suicide.Testifying before two FDA advisory committees, the officials said a recent study contracted by the FDA and conducted by Columbia University confirmed the findings of an internal analysis early this year: In clinical trials, the drugs almost doubled...

Drug Leads To Son’s Suicide, Family Says

Aug 10, 2004 | Mail Tribune
Had she known in May what she knows know, Wanda Custance said she might have been able to save the life of her scholar-athlete son.Hoping to spare other families a tragedy like their own, Wanda and Gary Custance urge relatives to frequently check in with loved ones who are taking anti-depressants. "People who are prescribed these drugs, they really have to be monitored closely," she said. "I felt I wasn’t all that aware, other than I didn’t like the idea of...

Child Advocates Fear Drug Perils

Jun 20, 2004 |
More information on Serzone side effectsMore information on Paxil side effects For years, attorneys who represent children, along with parents and some legislators, have said that too many juvenile offenders in the state's custody are prescribed potentially dangerous antidepressants and other mental health drugs.Children's advocates say they fear some youths are medicated to make them more docile and easily controlled while in Department of Juvenile Justice programs.Their concerns were...

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