Pharma Companies Face Expiration Lawsuits
Three leading pharmaceutical companies face class-action dangerous drug lawsuits alleging that the companies put expiration dates on their drugs, even though the products remain safe and effective long after the expiration date mentioned on the label.
Courthouse News reports that class action lawsuits have been filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court against Bayer Healthcare, which makes Bayer aspirin; Pfizer, which makes Advil; and Johnson & Johnson and McNeil-PPC, which make Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom solid medications.
The class actions allege that the industry giants are using "unconscionable, unfair, deceptive, unethical and illegal" means to get consumers to throw away medicines that have crossed the expiration date. Studies by Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University prove that these drugs can and do remain chemically stable, safe and effective, if stored properly, according to Courthouse News.
The dangerous drug lawsuits allege that the companies know this but continue putting expiration dates on their products to make bigger profits by increasing sales in the form of replacement medicines.
The actions have been filed on behalf of classes representing all Missouri residents who have bought the drugs, have subsequently disposed them off due to the expiration date, and finally replaced them for new ones. The suits demand actual and punitive damages for violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and civil conspiracy, reported Courthouse News.