Defective drugs include both over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. Defective drugs and medications have been known to cause physical, psychological or emotional injuries to consumers. Sometimes the drug is defectively designed. In other cases, consumers are injured due to a an insufficient warning or label.
Pharmaceutical litigation is often necessary to get compensation for your injuries. Big pharmaceutical companies rarely accept responsibility for a defectively designed or dangerous drug. Instead, businesses hide behind a team of high priced defense lawyers. If you are injured by a defective drug, you will need a lawyer that fights equally as hard. Sometimes it can take years for pharmaceutical litigation to resolve or reach a trial. The personal injury lawyer you choose will be a key factor in whether your lawsuit is successful.
The following drugs are being investigated or may have active litigation for allegedly causing causing injury to consumers:
- Actos is prescribed for diabetes and is alleged to cause bladder cancer.
- Antidepressants such as Celexa, Prozac, Effexor and Zoloft are prescribed for depression and numerous off-label uses. These drugs may cause injury to an infant if used during pregnancy.
- Risperdal is alleged to cause gynecomastia or the enlargement of breast tissue in males.
- Testosterone Therapies have been alleged to cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
- Vaccines manufactured for Hepatitis & B, HPV, influenza, TDap, Varicella have been alleged to cause shoulder injuries and various autoimmune diseases such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, CIDP, Transverse Myelitis and Lupus.
- Xarelto which is prescribed for atrial fibrillation to reduce the risk of blood clots has been alleged to cause irreversible internal bleeding.
- Zofran which is prescribed for nausea has been alleged to cause birth defects, heart defects, cleft palate and cleft lip to newborns when taken during pregnancy.
If you were injured by a defective pharmaceutical drug the Wieand Law Firm will work passionately to get justice for you. We are proud to stand up for the rights of clients that have been injured by defective prescription medication, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements. Call us for a free case consultation at 1(800) 481-5206.
Responsibilities of Doctors and Drug Companies
Under an area of law known as product liability, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are responsible for marketing and selling drugs which are safe for their intended use. A pharmaceutical drug may be defective because of manufacturing defects, design flaws and inadequate labels or warnings
A drug manufacturer has a responsibility to conduct appropriate tests before submitting a drug for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, a drug’s label must adequately describe potential side effects and provide proper warnings. The FDA has enacted these rules and other strict regulations to protect consumers by supplying consumers with necessary information concerning risks of taking the drug. However, FDA approval does not guarantee a drug is safe. Additionally, sometimes drug companies fail to follow FDA rules or conceal known risks resulting in defective drugs entering the market.
After a drug reaches the market, doctors and pharmacists have a duty to ensure that the drugs are prescribed in a safe and proper fashion. Physicians should only prescribe medications which are appropriate and safe to treat your injury or illness. When the prescription reaches a pharmacist, he/she has a duty to prescribe an accurate dosage of the correct medication. When doctors and pharmacists breach their duty of care it can cause potentially dangerous or deadly side effects.
Defective Product Attorney
The Wieand Law Firm understands how devastating side effects of a defective drug can harm you and impact the lives of your family. If you suspect that a defective pharmaceutical drug has caused injury to you or your family we can help. For a free and friendly no obligation consultation call an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm today at 1(800) 481-5206.
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