A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that a rising number of new medications have a toxic effect when combined with grapefruit juice. Currently there are more than 85 drugs that could have unintended interactions when taken with grapefruit juice or when a patient eats grapefruit or certain other citrus fruits even hours before taking the medication.
The problem occurs because the citrus fruit contains furanocoumarins which inhibits an enzyme that breaks down certain types of medications. The result can be that a higher—and potentially dangerous—concentration of the drug in a patient’s body compared to a patient who did not drink grapefruit juice or consume certain citrus fruits.
If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, due to a dangerous pharmaceutical drug then you may have the right to recover damages. For example, you may have a cause of action if the drug manufacturer did not adequately test the medication or warn doctors and patients of the potential interaction of the drug with grapefruit and other citrus fruits.
For more information about your legal rights and potential recovery, please contact an experienced Milwaukee class action lawyer today. Other people may have suffered similar injuries. You do not have to suffer alone. Instead make sure that your rights are protected by contacting a Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action attorney today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.