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Reglan Linked To Certain Neurological Disorders

May 21, 2012

The drug Metoclopramide, better known by its brand name Reglan, is used to relieve stomach issues, especially in patients suffering from diabetes. Some of these symptoms can include:

  • heartburn,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • and loss of appetite.

But for some patients, taking the drug left them suffering from a severe neurological disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. The repetitive and involuntary movements, like grimacing, rapid tongue movement, lip smacking, and rapid eye blinking that patients exhibit can help doctors recognize this debilitating disease.

While thousands of individuals have been affected by this disorder after taking the brand name version of the drug, just as many, if not more, were affected after taking the generic version. While normally makers of generic drugs are not required to meet the same manufacturing standards that brand name manufacturers are, a recent Supreme Court ruling found otherwise.

According to The Legal Intelligencer, a judge denied requests by lawyers for the makers of the generic version of Reglan to dismiss thousands of lawsuits filed against the company because of improper warning labels on their products. Furthermore, the court ruled that the generic manufacturers must use the same warning labels as their brand name counterparts.

Reglan drug injuries can have permanent damages, leaving patients never able to physically function as they once did. That’s why the Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm suggest discussing your case with an experienced attorney if you suffered adverse effects from taking Reglan.

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