In a new lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Ohio, the Judge grants summary judgment to defendants over Reglan side effects. The lawsuit was filed by Donna Hogue on 7th December 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, in which she claimed that after taking a generic form of Reglan she suffered from ‘tardive dyskinesia’ a neurological disorder that resembles “Tourette’s syndrome” characterized by chewing and sucking motions, rapid eye blinking, spasms, lip smacking, and grimacing.

In the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff it was stated that she took the generic form of after being prescribed by her doctor to treat gastrointestinal problems, however, immediately after ingesting the drug she suffered from that she was not aware of and had she been warned she would have avoided using the generic form of Reglan.

In the lawsuit the plaintiff brings plenty of counts against the defendants Weyth LLC, Pfizer and Schwartz Pharma and seeks compensatory and punitive damages. The charges that were framed by the plaintiff and her Reglan attorney include breach of warranties, product liability, negligence, and concealment of relevant information. However, at the end of the hearing, the Judge Michael H. Watson granted summary judgment to defendants holding that the brand name manufacturers of Reglan were not responsible for the care of an injured patient who took the generic equivalent of the drug.

The ruling of the judge in this lawsuit could impact other plaintiffs seeking to file a Reglan Lawsuit particularly in Ohio.

What is Tardive Dyskinesia?

Tardive dyskinesia is a neurological disorder that may develop in patients due to prolonged use of a drug like Reglan. When a patient takes a prescription drug for a longer period of time often in high dosages, involuntary, repetitive tic-like movements can result, primarily in the facial muscles, the limbs, fingers and toes.

Some Chemicals and Drugs that can cause Tardive Dyskinesia are:

  • Metoclopramide (Reglan)
  • Dopamine
  • Haloperidol
  • Fluohenazine
  • Trifluoperazine
  • Flunarizine
  • Cinnarizine
  • Metoclopramide (Reglan)

Characteristics and Symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia are:

  • Sudden and uncontrollable movements of voluntary muscle groups
  • Constant movements of the mouth
  • Abnormal movements of tongue, jaw and cheeks
  • Lateral and up and down movement of jaw
  • Protruding tongue
  • Facial grimacing
  • Jaw swinging
  • Finger movement
  • Repetitive chewing
  • Tongue thrusting.

Additional risk factors that can cause Tardive Dyskinesia are:

  • Brain dysfunction/atrophy
  • Psychosis
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Substance abuse

What is Reglan?

Reglan is a prescription drug intended to treat problems like irritable bowel syndrome, heart burn and inadequate evacuation of intestine. Reglan works by increasing the rate of contraction of digestive tract muscles. The increased muscle movement of the digestive tract speeds up the rate at which the stomach empties into the intestines. Reglan is used short-term to treat heartburn caused by gastro esophageal reflux in people who have used other medications without relief of symptoms.