Zostavax

  • Zostavax

Zostavax is a live attenuated virus vaccine used to protect from herpes zoster, more commonly known as the shingles virus. Zostavax was developed and produced by the New Jersey pharmaceutical company Merck & Co, one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers. It is used in individuals 60 years of age and older.

Zostavax was approved and licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2006. Later, in 2011 FDA approved the live vaccine for use in individuals aged between 50 to 59 years of age. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in June 2011, the vaccine for adults aged 50 through 59 years was refused and reaffirmed the recommendation for adults aged 60 years and older. Later, the FDA approved the expanded indication for Zostavax in March 2011 for adults aged 50 through 59 years.

Serious Alleged Injuries may include:

  • Develop a more severe, more painful and less treatable form of shingles
  • Auto-Immune disorders
  • Herpes zoster-related conditions such as Ramsay Hunt syndrome and herpes zoster encephalitis
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Aseptic meningitis
  • Injection site reactions (redness, itching, swelling, warmth, bruising, and pain)
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Skin rash
  • Hypersensitivity

FDA Safety Warnings:

Since the approval of Zostavax in May 2006, no safety warnings have been issued.

Legal Updates:

Defendants: Merck & Co Inc. Pharmaceuticals

Defendant Law Firm: Merck is represented by Eileen Oakes Muskett of Fox Rothschild LLP.

Allegations: Allegations include that Merck & Co manufacturer and distributor of Zostavax failed to warn about its side effects.

Plaintiff Steering Committee:

  • Max Kennerly, Esq. Kennerly Loutey, LLC

  • Caryn Papantonakis, Esq. Johnson Law Group

  • Elizabeth Wilkins, Esq. M.P.H. Schlichter Bogard & Denton, LLP

  • Nicholas Rockforte, Esq. Pendley, Baudin & Coffin

  • Brian Beckcom, Esq. VB Attorneys

Lawsuit Status:

Important Verdicts & Settlements:

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of 22 plaintiffs against Merck & Co Inc., alleging that the defendant knew or should have known the risks and reactions associated with Zostavax. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is presiding over all bellwether cases in the Zostavax MDL. No. 2848. The cases will be grouped into two categories and prepared for five proposed trial dates that will take place between fall 2020 and summer 2021.

Evidence:

  • Indication of Zostavax vaccination in Medical Records.
  • Follow-up complications and their treatment after Zostavax vaccination in medical records.

Medical Record Review and claim validation of Zostavax case should take approximately 2 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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