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If you or a loved one suffered a serious side effect such as a stroke, a heart attack, or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrosis while taking Bextra, our lawyers are ready to help you. Thousands of law firms will be involved in the effort to get justice for the many victims of Bextra – don’t trust your case to just any lawyer. Williams Hart has the resources and expertise needed to represent you in a lawsuit against Pfizer.

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After pressure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pfizer withdrew its painkiller Bextra from the market in 2005. Bextra (valdecoxib) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that causes less stomach irritation than other NSAIDs. It was originally intended as a simple pain reliever, prescribed most commonly for arthritis, but has been found to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as the severe allergic reaction called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrosis.

In 2009, Pfizer and its subsidiary agreed to pay out $2.3 billion in damages, the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice, for misbranding Bextra with the intent to defraud or mislead. 

The FDA now requires all NSAIDs (prescription and non-prescription alike) to include a black-box warning – the most serious – on all packaging, highlighting “the potential for increased risk of cardiovascular events and the well described, serious, potential life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding associated with their use.”

Medical researchers had already advised doctors not to prescribe any COX-2 inhibitors to patients who have a history of heart disease. One scientist was even quoted in The New York Times as saying that Bextra “is a time bomb waiting to go off” (Nov. 10, 2004).

Compared to the other common COX-2 inhibitors Vioxx and Celebrex, Bextra was discovered to carry a higher risk of causing the lethal skin reaction Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS); a similar but more serious reaction is called Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN). The primary symptom of both illnesses is a serious skin rash with blistering of the skin and mucous membranes. The reaction can be fatal or cause life-long disability.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious side effect such as a stroke, a heart attack, or SJS or TEN while taking Bextra, please contact us to file a claim.

(NOTE: If you took Bextra in the past and have health concerns, you should contact your physician. For now, though, we are only signing up those who were taking Bextra when they suffered a heart attack, stroke, or serious skin reaction.)

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