The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning for Reglan on February 26, 2009. In most cases, the statute of limitations starts running from when a patient knew or should have known that they might have been harmed by a drug. For many medications, the statute of limitations is assumed to start running once a black box warning is announced on a medication because at that point, patients are assumed to know about the potential harm.
Based on that, the statute of limitations for Reglan likely began running on February 26, 2009. Most states—though not all—have a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that as of February 26, 2011, the statute of limitations will be up.
That does not mean that everyone will be barred from bringing a Reglan lawsuit, but it does mean that it could be more difficult. Many cases are decided based on their specific circumstances. That said, one of the worst things for patients is to hear that their time has run out to file a lawsuit, so they will not receive any compensation for damages allegedly caused by a medication.
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Reglan (known generically as metoclopramide) was approved by the FDA for the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Some patients, however, were put on the medication for much longer than that. The longer a patient was on Reglan, the higher the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia, a condition marked by repetitive, involuntary movement such as lip smacking, grimacing, tongue protruding and rapid blinking.