Pharmaceutical drugs are designed to heal people who suffer from a wide variety of health conditions and symptoms. However, improperly designed or manufactured drugs can cause severe and potentially fatal injuries.
Drug companies aggressively compete with one another to introduce new pharmaceutical drugs into the market, each claiming that their product is more effective than those sold by their competitors. Since pharmaceutical drugs are a multi-billion dollar industry, manufacturers often bypass or overlook certain safety issues such as adequate testing and proper labeling in order to reap huge profits.
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the market, the truth is that a drug that was properly licensed by the FDA has no effect on the manufacturer’s liability to an injured plaintiff. Furthermore, the FDA screens drugs before they are available to the public, which means that dangerous side effects can sometimes be apparent months or years after the drugs’ approval.
Drug companies have an obligation to manufacture and distribute safe products. If a drug has harmful side effects, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to inform the medical community, who is—in turn—responsible for informing their patients. Therefore, a claim can be made if you were not properly informed about the medication you have been prescribed.
When they fail to do so—and innocent consumers are harmed—victims are eligible to take legal action in order to recover compensation to pay for medical bills, lost earnings, emotional distress, as well as pain and suffering. Product liability actions are typically complex. Establishing legal fault often requires the experienced legal representation and testimony of experts.