Miralax contains PEG 3350, a petroleum-based chemical similar to antifreeze. It is only safe for up to 7 days in adults. Children who take Miralax for years have developed seizures, tremors, psychiatric and neurological side effects.
Need a Texas Miralax Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with serious side effects, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Miralax lawsuits have already been filed against Bayer by people who experienced side effects, but not as part of a class action. Instead, they are individual injury lawsuits for people represented by a lawyer.
Have There Been Settlements?
The first Miralax lawsuits were filed recently and there are no reports of settlements for people who suffered side effects. No cases have gone to trial or ended in juries awarding compensation to people who were injured.
Miralax Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
Braintree Laboratories Inc. paid a $17 million class action lawsuit settlement (PDF) to refund everyone who bought prescription-strength Miralax from December 2003 through December 2006. The drug-maker was accused of illegally blocking generic competitors to protect sales, forcing consumers to pay more so it could maintain a monopoly.
Experts Question Miralax Safety in Children
Miralax is a laxative powder made of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG 3350), a chemical similar to antifreeze that is absorbed poorly by the body. It is relatively safe for occasional use in healthy adults for up to 7 days.
In children, however, the safety of Miralax is unknown. Miralax is NOT approved for children and there are no studies of long-term side effects. Even so, many children take it every day for years. This is especially concerning in young children with chronic constipation.
Young children might absorb more Miralax than an adult, which would explain why thousands of side effects were reported, but no one knows. The FDA lists neuropsychiatric events as a possible risk.
Tests on Miralax have detected low levels of Ethylene Glycol (EG) and Diethylene Glycol (DEG), which are poisonous antifreeze chemical impurities that were left over from manufacturing PEG 3350. In a child, irritated intestines may have less of a barrier against these toxins.
Miralax Kidney Damage Lawsuit Filed in Pennsylvania
Merck & Co. and Bayer HealthCare were hit with a Miralax lawsuit (PDF) involving a man from Pennsylvania who developed severe kidney damage. He was diagnosed with oxalate nephropathy after taking Miralax between 2009 and 2013. The lawsuit was filed on April 23, 2015 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas — In RE: Samuel Woniewala vs. Merck & Co, Inc. — Case No. 150402370.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas, but we are not filing a Miralax class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits against Merck & Co. for failing to warn about the risk of side effects.
Miralax Side Effect Risks
- Metabolic acidosis (too much acid in the blood)
- Kidney damage
- Kidney failure
- Oxalate nephropathy
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Neuropsychiatric events
- Mood swings
- Bipolar disorder
- Psychiatric disorders
- And more
About Class Actions
Class actions are typically filed by a few people on behalf of everyone who was injured. People who join the class action work together to seek compensation and share any payout that is awarded.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions maximize efficiency rather than compensation for individuals with the worst injuries. This is why it is unlikely that a class action will resolve Miralax lawsuits for everyone who had side effects.
Another problem is that each case is unique, which makes them hard to consolidate in a class action. If a lot of lawsuits are filed, they may be centralized individually in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL). There is no excuse for drug-makers who fail to warn about side effects. Our lawyers help people who were injured by medications file lawsuits and seek justice.
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