Many railroaders have injuries which cause severe pain in their bodies. This pain can be described as "shooting pains," "radiating or radicular pain," "neuralgia," or just "chronic pain." In any event, this pain is often disabling and results in a serious loss of the quality of life and the ability to work in many cases.
In the past, many doctors have prescribed the medication Neurontin (Gamapentin) for treating these conditions.
It is believed that Parke-Davis, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2000, had a systematic strategy to market and promote Neurontin for untested uses, such as chronic pain, bipolar disorder and migraines. It is not illegal for a doctor to prescribe a drug for conditions outside of those it was approved for, however it is illegal for a drug company to market a medication for off label uses. In July 2003, Dateline aired an investigation which accused Parke-Davis of deliberately falsifying medical information about Neurontin so doctors would prescribe the drug off label to treat a multitude of conditions. State and Federal prosecutors have launched investigations into the allegedly illegal marketing of Neurontin. In its year-long investigation, Dateline interviewed a former Parke-Davis scientist who alleges company officials encouraged him to persuade physicians to prescribe Neurontin for a number of disorders, including attention deficit disorder and bipolar disease, even though there was minimal preliminary data indicating that Neurontin could help patients with those diseases.
These 11 uses were never submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval, yet illegally were promoted:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Pain Syndromes, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Diabetic Neuropathy
- Treatment of Epilepsy alone (as monotherapy)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Post-Hepatic Neuralgia (PHN)
- Essential Tremor Periodic Limb Movement
- Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures
Neurontin can cause serious medical conditions which may make underlying injury or disease even worse that if the drug had not been taken.
Neurontin can make people more likely to commit SUICIDE or have increased depression and anxiety.
If you or your loved one has been prescribed Neurontin and has had any of the symptoms listed above, please call my office for a free consultation.