UPDATE - 12/30/2014: Keller & Keller is no longer reviewing or able to accept client cases involving the drug Propulsid. If you believe you have been harmed by Propulsid, first contact your doctor and then seek alternate legal advice. If you have questions related to drug-litigation that does not involve Propulsid, please contact us so that we can review your potential claim.
Propulsid (Cisapride) was a prescription drug designed for the treatment of severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a disorder more commonly known as acute nighttime heartburn. The manufacturer of the heartburn drug, Propulsid, was forced to take the drug off the market in July of 2000 due to significant health risks associated with the drug. Propulsid was prescribed in both tablet and liquid form for use in cases of adult heartburn and pediatric colic. To date, there have been over 30 million Propulsid prescriptions written for some 10 million patients.
At the time of market removal, the FDA had received reports of at least 341 persons experiencing heart rhythm abnormalities and 80 deaths associated with Propulsid use. Such reported instances are likely to be but a fraction of the overall adverse events associated with the drug, nationwide. Moreover, the approval of Propulsid by the FDA had been only for adult use. A study of approximately 58,000 premature babies showed that about 20% had been given Propulsid. Presently approximately 11 infant deaths have been associated with Propulsid use.
If you or a loved one has used the prescription drug Propulsid and noticed adverse side effects, such as dizziness, fainting, irregular heartbeat, rash , itching, swelling or trouble breathing you should contact a physician immediately. If you wish to discuss your legal rights, are interested in more information on Propulsid litigation, or if you have information about a Propulsid case that you would like to share with us, please contact the law offices of Keller & Keller LLP for a free consultation concerning your potential rights. Keller & Keller LLP has office locations in Indiana, Michigan and New Mexico and will be able to evaluate your potential case at no cost to you.