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Lawsuit Filed Against Zocor over 80mg Dose and Rhabdomyolysis

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Diane Hayden of Ohio has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Merck, alleging that side effects of the 80mg dose of Zocor caused her to suffer rhabdomyolysis and other kidney issues.

The lawsuit says Hayden took the popular simvastatin drug to lower her cholesterol and then suffered rhabdomyolysis, which according to the National Institutes of Health causes the breakdown of muscle fibers, which are released into the bloodstream. The contents of muscle fibers are harmful to the kidneys, and can cause kidney damage and acute kidney failure.

The FDA, in June 2011, placed restrictions on the 80mg dose, including 40mg doses taken twice a day, due to the increased risks of rhabdomyolysis and myopathy.

Hayden accuses Merck in the lawsuit, of failing to warn patients and physicians of risks associated with the use of 80mg doses of Zocor, and suppressing information regarding the drug and its links to kidney damage. Hayden charges Merck with maximizing profits at the expense of consumer health.

The lawsuit charges Merck with failure to warn, negligence, breach of warranty, strict liability, misrepresentation and suppression, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and violation of consumer protection laws. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Against Zocor over 80mg Dose and Rhabdomyolysis was posted on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 2:57 am at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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