Avastin is a go-to drug because it costs only approximately $50 an injection, but as experienced medical malpractice attorneys based in Virginia (VA), my colleagues and I are concerned that any savings realized by using the product over a competitor such as Lucentis (ranibizumab, also from Genentech) are outweighed by the harm done to patients.
Our thoughts are with the victims whose health has been irreparably harmed by this drug. Indeed, we see no reason why Avastin is being used because in July 2011 we reported on how the medication appears to be ineffective in the treatment of breast cancer. See this video in which U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials make the case against Avastin
Our experienced Virginia Beach, VA-based personal injury attorneys have written extensively about recalls of numerous dangerous drugs. These include Avandia (rosiglitazone from GlaxoSmithKline), a widely used medication prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Potentially deadly side effects of Avandia include stroke, severe chest pains, liver toxicity, congestive heart failure, vision changes, headache, back ache, anemia, respiratory infections and brittle bones in women.
In cases of dangerous drugs and improper medication our Virginia attorneys are ready to help victims such as the 61-year-old who was in good health until his pharmacist gave him an improper dose of a blood thinner. Our client received a $200,000 mediated sttlement for the misadminstration of pharmaceuticals.