Although Ativan's manufacturer, Wyeth, admitted in the 1980's that long term use of the drug should be avoided because of possible dangers, it has always claimed before this time that the drug was harmless. This meant that by the time the manufacturer admitted to the dangers of the drug, it was too late for many that had already been taking Ativan on a long term basis, and had suffered a variety if ill effects as a result.
Several years ago, a popular Sunday newspaper in the UK reported that they had evidence to show that even directors at Wyeth had expressed concerns in the past about the dangers of Ativan. The paper claimed that the directors had stated that the dangers of Ativan should have been researched more thoroughly, and patients should have been informed far earlier rather than letting many people become dependent on the drug first. Also reported is that one medical director at Wyeth, who was involved in the UK trials where Ativan was originally launched, had admitted that he had not been asked to undertake trials relating to the safety of prescribing the drug for a matter of months. He stated that he thought his was because "there was nothing to be gained by them, but everything to lose in the sense we could be courting disaster".
The dangers of Ativan have already created many legal cases from injured parties and relations of victims, and specialist Ativan lawyers are still working hard to fight for those that have suffered at the hands of this drug. Anyone that has suffered emotional, behavioral, mental or physical harm from taking Ativan is advised to contact an Ativan lawyer as soon as possible. Due to statutes of limitation relating to filing an Ativan claim, it is important for injured parties to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
An experienced and skilled Ativan lawyer will already have the necessary resources and knowledge to initiate a lawsuit or claim as soon as possible on behalf of claimants. These lawyers are fully trained and experienced in drug litigation, and will therefore be able to find out pertinent information in order to help your case along. Most Ativan lawyers can offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and advise you as to the eligibility of your claim.
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