With the statute of limitations for filing Reglan lawsuits being reached on February 26, 2011, many potential plaintiffs that can’t get their lawsuits filed before that date have a small chance for recovering money.
The second anniversary of the FDA’s issuance of a black box warning against Reglan and its generic versions is February 26, 2011. This is important because it also means that the statute of limitations will also be up for filing any new Reglan lawsuits. This doesn’t prevent new lawsuits from being filed, but it will severely lower the chances of a lawsuit becoming successful if it goes to trial.
The FDA approved Reglan as a treatment for gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) in 1995. It was meant to be a short-term treatment (12 weeks or less), but many doctors were prescribing Reglan for years at a time. As a result of this long-term use, many patients started developing some severe side effects of the drug. Some of those side effects include Neuroleptic Malignant syndrome, Akathisia, ocular deviation and, most popularly, Tardive Dyskinesia (TD).
TD is characterized by patients suffering from symptoms like uncontrollable movements in the face and extremities, grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips and rapid eye blinking. There is no cure for TD and the condition is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease, which has similar symptoms.
Lawsuits filed against Wyeth, the makers of Reglan, claim the company hid the dangerous side effects from the public, and knowingly listed only short-term effects on the warning labels.
If you have suffered from any of the adverse side effects after taking Reglan, your time is just about up for filing your lawsuit. After February 26, 2011, your chances of winning any money will likely be over. Talk to a lawyer today as there is no tomorrow!