Three Texans Sue Over Drug-Induced Parkinson’s Disease

Three Texans Sue Over Drug-Induced Parkinson's DiseaseThree Texas residents who all used the acid reflux medication Reglan have filed a dangerous drugs lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies, claiming the medicine caused them to develop drug-induced Parkinson's disease.

Plaintiffs Ronald Cherry, Donnie Collins and J.E. Godwin claim they used the drug, according to the Southeast Texas Record. They all allegedly subsequently developed tardive dyskinesia, a condition characterized by involuntary and repetitive movements of the body. The condition currently has no cure, but some patients experience decreases in symptoms after stopping their usage of the drug.

The Food and Drug Administration reportedly required a warning for Reglan in February 2009, which stated that prolonged use of the medication can cause drug-induced Parkinson's. The current warning says that use beyond 12 weeks should be avoided in all but rare cases. The plaintiffs used the drug for durations between one-and-a-half and 10 years, and all began using it before the warnings were issued, according to the dangerous drugs lawsuit. 

The defendants are accused of failing to take due care in developing and manufacturing the drug, affixing warning labels and training physicians about its proper use. 

According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Reglan is used to treat gastrointestinal problems caused by slow stomach emptying in people with diabetes.