When patients purchase drugs over the counter or by prescription, they are putting their health in the hands of the companies who manufactured them and the physicians who prescribed them. Injuries and illnesses that result from defective drugs on the market can cause a spectrum of harm to patients — physically, emotionally, and psychologically — which can be permanent and traumatic.
At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, we make it our mission to protect people who are victims of consuming defective drugs. We understand the negative implications that taking dangerous medication can have an individual’s health and wellbeing. In pursuit of standing up for your right to safety, our team will fight back against the negligent parties that put your health at risk and seek fair compensation to assist you during your recovery.
What Makes a Defective Drug?
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to test the drugs they make. The must follow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines before their product can be legally sold on the market. They also must list consumer warnings and potential side effects on labels to alert patients of the risks. None of these approvals, however, ensure a drug will be 100% safe.
When dangerous drugs are reported, the FDA issues a recall to either ban the drug, make changes to the drug’s formula, or require that additional warnings be added to the label before it is sold again. Unfortunately, this does not help the individuals who have already suffered the negative consequences of the drugs and whose health was put at risk from consuming defective medications.
Doctors and pharmacists play an equal role in keeping patients safe, with a duty to prescribe and administer medication that does not cause harm. When doctors prescribe the wrong medication or dosage, or pharmacists make an error in the type of medication or dosage they provide to a patient, these actions can pose serious and unnecessary harm to people who are typically already suffering from an ailment.
Common Injuries from Defective Drugs
When someone takes a drug that contains hazardous ingredients or causes adverse reactions, a roller coaster of negative effects can take hold of their health. Consequently, when an individual takes medication that is not meant for their body or treatment plan, their condition can become progressively worse, resulting in severe injuries, illnesses, and even death.
Some common conditions caused by using defective drugs include:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Organ damage
- Depression and anxiety
- Increased chance of suicide
These conditions are only a few of the long-term or permanent effects that could alter an individual’s life after taking faulty medication. Big drug companies show little regard for the damage they cause and the lives they ruin with defective products. Our attorneys are up for the challenge to stand up to these pharmaceutical companies who pose life-threatening conditions on unsuspecting patients and will advocate for your best interests.
We Will Fight for Your Health
In some cases, it can take years to determine whether a drug on the market is defective and dangerous for consumers. It may be too late to reverse the damage that was done, but it may not be too late to seek justice.
If you or someone you love were injured by a defective drug, our team is here to provide you with the support and compassion you deserve during this challenging time.
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