Would a large firm take an INDIVIDUAL LAWSUIT case like this :
76 year old in rural area in Southern Illinois, possible pharmaceutical products liability, negligence Facts:
1. Prescribed Thioridazine (Mellaril or Melleril) since 1990:
2. The branded product was withdrawn worldwide in 2005 because it caused severe cardiac arhythmias. However, generic versions are still available in the US.
3. Heart failure with pacemaker April 2018 at age 75
4. Hospital continued to prescribe Thioridazine (Mellaril or Melleril) after heart failure
5. Pacemaker has recall and is failing
6. Parkinson's Disease possibly induced by same medications which are known to cause Tarditive Dyskenisia?
* Wikipedia info on Thioridazine: Thioridazine prolongs the QTc interval in a dose-dependent manner .. thioridazine has been linked to cases of tardive dyskinesia (an often permanent neurological disorder characterised by slow, repetitive, purposeless and involuntary movements, most often of the facial muscles, that is usually brought on by years of continued treatment with antipsychotics, especially the first-generation (or typical) antipsychotics such as thioridazine) and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a potentially fatal complication of antipsychotic treatment). ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thioridazine )
* Drugs.com info on Thioridazine:
Elderly patients with dementia- related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death, mostly from cardiovascular (e.g., heart failure, sudden death) or infectious (e.g., pneumonia) causes. A causal relationship with antipsychotic use has not been established. In controlled trials, treatment with some atypical antipsychotic drugs was also associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular adverse events (e.g., stroke, transient ischemic attack), including fatalities, in elderly patients with dementia- related psychosis. These agents are not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia- related psychosis. ( https://www.drugs.com/disease-interactions/thioridazine.html )