Plaintiff Files Malpractice Suit Against Doctor Who Prescribed Zocor
Plaintiff Raymond Roth, represented by his Zocor lawyer, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. John Oh and pharmaceutical company Prime Therapeutics, LLC on March 25, 2011. The case joined other lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Since the beginning of 2012, several depositions have been taken in pretrial proceedings.
Roth blames Dr. Oh and Prime Therapeutics for failing to recognize or warn of the dangerous interactions between some of the medications he was already taking and Zocor (simvastatin). After he was prescribed the highest dose of Zocor (80 mg), Mr. Roth claims he suffered from Zocor side effects—specifically, Zocor rhabdomyolysis, a form of muscle injury.
Zocor lawsuits claim muscle injury and rhabdomyolysis
Several other lawsuits have claimed Zocor side effects like Zocor muscle injury and rhabdomyolysis. The FDA warned about the potential of high doses of Zocor to increase the risk of muscle wasting and damage in 2011, advising doctors to limit new prescriptions of the 80 mg dose.
Zocor rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which muscle tissue breaks down, releasing proteins into the bloodstream. If left untreated, it can overwhelm the ability of the kidneys to clean these proteins out of the system, and may lead to life-threatening kidney failure.
Drug interactions can increase risk of Zocor side effects
In the same 2011 warning, the FDA noted that when certain drugs are used with Zocor, they can create dangerous interactions that can increase the risk of Zocor side effects. Specifically, they warned that ketoconazole, used to treat fungal infections, and cyclosporine, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and to prevent transplant rejection, can both raise the levels of Zocor in the body and increase the risk for muscle-related Zocor side effects.
Doctor negligent about Zocor side effects
Many Zocor lawsuits were filed after the FDA warned about the risks associated with the high 80 mg dose of the medication. Roth’s Zocor lawyer notes that the plaintiff’s doctor prescribed this high dosage even though Mr. Roth was taking both ketoconazole and cyclosporine.
According to his Zocor lawsuit, Roth was prescribed ketoconazole and cyclosporine by Dr. Oh prior to July 29, 2010 and up through November 2010. In addition, on July 29, 2010, Dr. Oh prescribed the 80 mg dose of Zocor. On November 1, 2010, Mr. Roth went to the hospital because he had difficulty walking. Soon after, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis as a result of simvastatin toxicity.
Zocor lawsuits allege negligence
Roth and his Zocor lawyer bring counts of negligence against Dr. Oh and Prime Therapeutics, and Mr. Roth’s wife, Maureen, claims loss of consortium as a result of her husband’s Zocor side effetcs. The plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $50,000.