If you or a loved one suffered serious Zostavax side effects including shingles, blindness or even death, contact Zostavax lawyer Timothy L. Miles today
Zostavax is a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 as a way to reduce the risk of shingles and its complications in adults aged 60 and older. However, soon after Zostavax was released to the public, there were numerous reports of Zostavax side effects that appeared to be directly linked to its use. Now, several Zostavax lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer. If you or a loved one suffered serious Zostavax side effects including shingles, blindness or even death, contact Zostavax lawyer Timothy L. Miles today to see if you are eligible for a Zostavax lawsuit and possibly entitled to substantial compensation.
What is Zostavax?
Zostavax became the first shingles vaccine to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. FDA. Zostavax is administered as a shot to the upper and works using a live, but weakened form, of the varicella-zoster virus to decrease the risk of shingles. The varicella-zoster virus also causes chickenpox in children.
It was thought to be highly effective at the time and Zostavax seemed to be an important breakthrough in the containment of the disease. Zostavax would help Merck earn nearly $750 million in profits over the next 12 years.
Who Can File a Zostavax Lawsuit?
Individuals of all ages who have experienced severe or debilitating Zostavax side effects as a result of receiving Zostavax may be eligible to file a Zostavax lawsuit and receive compensation for damages related to the vaccine. Zostavax is approved for people who are at least 50 years of age, but some people in their 40s have also been prescribed it. When deciding whether to apply for the vaccine, it is important to weigh the benefits against the potential side effects and risks. Not everyone who is at risk is a good candidate for the vaccine. Because Zostavax is a live vaccine, it is not appropriate for people who are immunocompromised or pregnant. Most of the Zostavax lawsuits focus on individuals who have experienced serious Zostavax side effects.
If you or a loved one suffered serious Zostavax side effects including shingles, blindness or even death, contact us today. (855) Tim-M-Law (855-846-6529).
Product Liability and Defects in Manufacturing
Zostavax lawsuits often highlight the fact that the FDA’s warning label for the vaccine reads that “Zostavax has not been proven to prevent shingles in people 50 years of age or older,” meaning that the vaccine’s manufacturer cannot guarantee that it will prevent shingles in any age group. In addition, some Zostavax lawsuits point to the vaccine’s problematic manufacturing process as an indication of product liability.
This manufacturing process may have included the use of human fetal cells, which is a known source of contamination linked to the development of infectious diseases. While the FDA did approve Zostavax in 2016, it is important to note that they did so with the recommendation that the manufacturer conducts more research on the vaccine’s effectiveness in adults 50 years of age and older. Whether or not the manufacturer failed to conduct this follow-up research, the FDA failed to hold them accountable for it, or both remains unclear as the zostavax lawsuit proceeds.
Negligence and Failure to Warn
Some Zostavax lawsuits include claims of negligence on the part of the manufacturer, suggesting that the company failed to inform patients about the true risks of the vaccine or failed to provide adequate warning about its side effects. In addition to these allegations of negligence, some lawsuits also include allegations of failure to warn, which suggest that the manufacturer knew of the vaccine’s side effects but failed to warn patients about them. While some vaccine injury lawsuits are filed on behalf of individuals who were injured or contracted an illness related to the vaccine, others are filed on behalf of individuals who experienced no negative side effects but want to raise awareness about the potential risks associated with the vaccine.
If you or a loved one suffered serious Zostavax side effects including shingles, blindness or even death, contact Zostavax lawyer Timothy L. Miles today to see if you meet the requirements for a Zostavax lawsuit and possibly may be entitled to substantial compensation. While there is still time to file a lawsuit, be mindful that these cases are time sensitive, and give us a call today. (855) Tim-M-Law (855-846-6529).
Timothy L. Miles, Esq.
Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recently selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more. Please visit our website.
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