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Mirapex (pramipexole) is a pharmaceutical drug prescribed to individuals with Parkinson’s disease or restless legs syndrome (RLS). The drug was approved in 1997 and is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Mirapex works by mimicking the action of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

Parkinson’s disease causes progressive loss of dopamine production in the brain, and low dopamine levels have been linked to restless leg syndrome. Dopamine agonist drugs, like Mirapex, treat these symptoms and act in place of dopamine. Mirapex has several associated side effects, including headache, insomnia, vomiting, and stomach pain. In addition, the drug has been linked to sudden sleep attacks and compulsive behaviors.

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FDA evaluating the increased risk of heart failure with Mirapex use

In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public about a potential increased risk of heart failure with Mirapex. The agency said that, after evaluating two studies suggesting an increased onset of heart failure while taking Mirapex, an ongoing safety review will take place.

The FDA is working with the manufacturer of the drug to further clarify the link between the drug and heart failure. One of the studies revealed that newly diagnosed heart failure occurred more frequently in patients taking Mirapex than a placebo, but that the difference was not statistically significant. The second study revealed an increased risk of heart failure only in the first three months of treatment.

Heart failure is characterized by the heart failing to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the rest of the body. Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, fatigue, chronic coughing, confusion, lack of appetite, and high heart rate.

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If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to a serious side effect of Mirapex, contact Thomas J. Henry. Whether you were taking the drug to treat restless leg syndrome or Parkinson’s, you may be entitled to compensation for any illnesses or injuries caused by the dangerous drug. Our experienced dangerous drug injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

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A tort is a civil wrongful act committed by a person or company that results in harm to another person. A mass tort is when multiple victims are injured by the same single tort.
A court will consider if a mass tort lawsuit is permissible by determining:
  • whether a large number of plaintiffs are involved
  • whether the plaintiffs are located near or far from each other;
  • whether the injuries sustained are similar among the plaintiffs;
  • whether the claims arose from the same cause (defective toy, car part, oil spill, etc.)
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  • Pharmaceutical drugs, such as those that are later linked to severe or fatal health consequences
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Thousands of lawsuits across the country may be filed with a mass tort. These lawsuits are filed in numerous federal district courts. In a mass tort, federal judges will consolidate the thousands of lawsuits into a single proceeding. One judge in a single federal district court will oversee litigation, allowing for consistent rulings and a more expeditious process for the plaintiffs.
In a mass tort, each plaintiff (injured person) has an individual claim resulting from their unique damages. In a class action, many plaintiffs are considered collectively. Similarly, in a mass tort, each individual's claim "value" is unique to the severity of their injuries. In a class action, plaintiffs generally suffer injuries of similar severity, resulting in the same amount of compensation value.
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