Defective Drugs


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When you take a drug prescribed by your doctor, you trust that the doctor and the drugmaker are working in your best interest. However, all too often drugs that are not proven to be more effective or are known to have dangerous side effects are promoted by the pharmaceutical industry. These are known as defective drugs and if you or a loved one was injured by a defective drug, you may be eligible for a lawsuit.

  • Because drug manufacturers have a powerful influence on what gets published about their drugs, your doctor may not know of the drug's dangers.
  • Sometimes, your doctor is an investor in the company that manufactured the defective drug and may have a lot to gain from prescribing it to you.
  • Sometimes, drugs are defective not because they are inherently dangerous, but because they are poorly manufactured, inspected or labeled.

No matter what the cause, the drug you were given may be worse than the condition it is supposed to treat.  If that is the case for you, you should search our directory to locate an experienced defective drug attorney who can evaluate your claim.

Rushed to market

Prescription drugs are sometimes rushed to the market without sufficient testing. In a business as competitive and lucrative as that of the pharmaceutical industry, there are strong incentives to aggressively market new drugs. Drug manufacturers, however, have broad responsibilities in exercising reasonable care in the design and manufacture of a product. This responsibility extends to the appropriate inspection and labeling of a product.

FDA tests are sometimes funded and performed by the drug manufacturer’s laboratories. And even when drug tests are done properly, it is difficult to determine the long-term side effects of prescription medications. Side effects can include heart attack or stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, suicide, diabetes, and liver or kidney damage. By the time a drug is recalled, many people may have been injured or died as the result of having used the medication. One of the recent recalls has been the Heparin Recall case.

When there is an injury and a lawsuit is filed, defective product, pharmaceutical injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice law can all be applied to the case. Liability can extend to doctors or pharmacists who provide an incorrect dosage or medication, or who prescribe a medication that can be harmful or lethal when taken in combination with other drugs the patient is taking.

Due to the complex nature of pharmaceutical injury cases, if you or your loved one has suffered an injury or side effect as the result of taking a prescription drug, it may be important to consult an experienced pharmaceutical injury lawyer.

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