Asthma and allergy drug Singulair (Montelukast) has been linked to serious mental health side effects, including depression, suicidal ideation and suicide. Lynch Law Firm is reviewing possible Singulair lawsuits from users who have experienced these side effects and other neuropsychiatric events. You or your loved one may be eligible to seek compensation to help cover medical bills and other related costs.
A dangerous drug lawyer at Lynch Law Firm is ready to review your situation and discuss your available legal options. The initial consultation is free of charge so there is no risk to you and no obligation to move forward. We have recovered millions for our clients. Firm partners James Lynch and Arthur Lynch have been named to the Super Lawyer's list and are Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum members.
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How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
In a free case review, our lawyers will be able to learn more about your unique situation to make this determination. We will likely need to consider a variety of factors to see if you have grounds to take legal action.
- The reason you were prescribed this medication versus other asthma and allergy drugs
- How long you have been taking the medication and if you have stopped taking it
- Whether your doctor has prescribed an alternative asthma and allergy drug
- If you have been officially diagnosed with a mental health disorder
- If you have suffered neuropsychiatric side effects (i.e. depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts)
- Whether you have sought mental health treatment or have been hospitalized due to serious adverse reactions from taking the medication (i.e. insomnia, memory issues or body tremors)
- If taking the asthma and allergy drug has affected your daily life and relationships with others
Cases involving dangerous and defective drugs are complex. There is only a certain window of time to legal action. This is why we recommend seeking legal representation as soon as possible. Our firm is ready to conduct a detailed investigation and gather evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer to Help Me?
Taking legal against a drug manufacturer will mean facing numerous hurdles, even when you have a valid case. These companies hire teams of attorneys to prevent financial losses as a result of dangerous or defective drugs. All too often, these companies do not pay for the harm they have caused.
If you try to go at it alone, the company’s attorneys may try to question you about your case or offer you a minimum settlement to silence your claim. An experienced lawyer can protect you from saying anything that may jeopardize your case. He or she will also make sure that the company does not undermine or dismiss your condition or the severity of pain you have experienced from taking the drug.
A lawyer can help advocate for your rights so that you receive the compensation you need. This is the best way to prevent a company from taking advantage of you during this difficult time.
Lynch Law Firm has a proven track record with more than two decades of experience representing injury victims and their families. If you have a case, we are ready to manage the legal process for you, such as:
- Investigating anyone else harmed by the drug
- Reviewing your medical records and diagnosis
- Consulting leading medical experts in the field
- Talking to your treating doctors or specialists
- Researching the drug’s safety and its side effects
- Negotiating for just and fair compensation
- Heading to trial to argue your case if needed
Our lawyers are ready to answer any questions you may have and discuss how we may be able to help you. Your initial consultation is completely free and confidential. There are no upfront fees to work a case.
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Compensation That May Be Available
Victims of dangerous and defective drugs may be eligible to seek past and future medical expenses for ongoing mental health treatment. These expenses may include, but are not limited to:
- Staying at a hospital or treatment facility
- Traveling to and from doctor appointments
- Seeing a licensed mental health counselor
- Taking an alternative prescription medication
- Undergoing surgery for a mental health disorder
If you are unable to work due to Singulair’s side effects or after being diagnosed with a mental health disorder, you may be able to obtain compensation to cover your lost wages or lost earning capacity. Any pain and suffering and/or loss of enjoyment of life you have experienced may also be claimed.
Our lawyers will need to review your medical history, doctor’s notes and evaluations from medical experts, among other factors, in order to determine the value of your case. Reach out to your office today to discuss a possible Singulair lawsuit and the compensation you may be eligible to receive.
History of Singulair and FDA Involvement
Singulair is a popular prescription medication for severe allergies and asthma in adults and children. Merck & Co. is responsible for manufacturing the drug. It was approved for medical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to help prevent asthma attacks in people aged 12 months or older.
This medication was also approved to:
- Be a long-term treatment option for asthma in adults and children aged one year or older
- Help prevent short-term, exercise-induced asthma for people aged six years or older
- Reduce symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis for people aged two years or older
- Reduce symptoms of year-round indoor allergies for people aged six months or older
- Help control symptoms of allergic rhinitis (i.e. sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, and nose itchiness)
Singulair works by blocking the effects of chemicals in the body called leukotrienes that increase inflammation and cause the airways to narrow and tighten. In an asthma attack or an allergic reaction, there are more leukotrienes that circulate the body, preventing inflammation and relieving symptoms.
However, adverse reactions have since been reported. In 2008, the FDA announced that it was investigating reports that Singulair may cause mood changes and suicidal thoughts and actions. The next year there was an update made to the medication’s Precautions section citing neuropsychiatric events.
In 2014, Merck & Co. asked for FDA approval for over-the-counter sales for adults and only for the treatment of allergy symptoms. Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, successfully argued before the FDA Advisory Committee that Singulair was too dangerous to be available over the counter. The medication posed a much greater risk of side effects compared to other similar drugs.
The proposed Singulair over-the-counter sales were banned by the FDA and a black box warning label has since been added to the medication alerting consumers of the serious mental health side effects. This was done after an FDA review identified 82 cases of suicide linked with the use of this medication.
Serious Side Effects Linked to Singulair
Singulair users have experienced new or worsening mental health symptoms. These include:
- Suicidal thoughts and actions
- Agitation, aggressive behavior and hostility
- Restlessness and irritability
- Anxiety and depression
- Unusual changes in mood and behavior
- Hallucinations, nightmares and insomnia
- Disorientation and confusion
- Attention and memory problems
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Body tremors and uncontrollable muscle movements
A Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study found that adults and children who took the drug frequently had adverse side effects. Depression was most commonly identified in adults and children and aggression was identified the most in children. Nightmares were identified in adults and children.
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Singulair Lawsuits Being Filed by Victims
Numerous Singulair lawsuits are being filed against drug manufacturer Merck & Co. for the serious mental health side effects linked to taking this medication. These lawsuits claim that the company:
- Knew the drug was dangerous and defective
- Failed to warn about risks of suicidal thoughts
- Failed to warn of other neuropsychiatric events
- Marketed the drug as being safe and effective
- Failed to research the medication’s side effects
- Failed to act on the risks associated with the drug
As of 2021, 10 cases have been filed and are pending in a New Jersey state court. A Notice to the Bar has been issued to consolidate these cases. A judge may decide to consolidate the cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), which combines similar lawsuits into one legal action to help speed up the process.
Call Lynch Law Firm for a Free Consultation
Our lawyers at Lynch Law Firm are reviewing possible Singulair lawsuits. If you or someone you care about has suffered adverse mental health symptoms after taking Singulair, you may be eligible to take legal action and pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.
Schedule a free initial consultation to get started. You are not obligated to hire our firm after this meeting, but if you do, there are no upfront fees involved. We only get paid if we help you obtain a recovery. Our intake staff is available to take your call anytime, day or night.
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