When you are hurt or sick, you count on medication to help heal what ails you. You trust your doctor to prescribe medication that works for your condition, and your doctor trusts that the drug they are dispensing is safe and effective. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Despite the best efforts of your doctor and even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some drugs have severe consequences, consequences you have no way of knowing about until it’s too late.
Why is it that so many people suffer complications from unknown or undisclosed side effects of their medication? Because big pharmaceutical companies don’t want bad PR hurting their bottom line. Drug manufacturers have a duty to inform and educate the public and physicians about any and all possible side effects that may occur when taking their drug. When a drug is defective by design, suffers a manufacturing defect while being produced, or lacks proper warnings, the company responsible needs to be held accountable.
Have you been seriously injured after taking a drug? Contact the experienced legal team at DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P. We have the resources, skills, and will-power to go head-to-head with big pharmaceutical companies in order to get you the compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us at (828) 345-1111 today. Your health can’t wait.
How Do Dangerous Drugs Make It to the Market?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the federal agency that oversees the approval of pharmaceuticals and determines whether they should be allowed to enter the market. The FDA’s stamp of approval is a green light for doctors and patients alike. It means that a drug has been found to be a safe and effective treatment for a specific condition. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In fact, a news report highlights the fact that a scientific study found that almost one-third of drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010 ended up being involved in some type of safety event.
There are several reasons that unsafe drugs continue to slip past the FDA and make it into doctor’s offices across the country. To begin, the FDA itself is not responsible for testing the actual drug in question. They rely on data from clinical trials to help guide their decision on whether the drug is safe.
Unfortunately, clinical data may not encompass all possible side effects related to a drug. For example, a drug may cause different reactions in women as compared to men. If the clinical data did not test enough women subjects to get an accurate account of this side effect, it could potentially hit the market and compromise the health of the people who end up taking it.
Another problem that can occur and lead to unsafe drugs getting into the hands of consumers relates to the large pharmaceutical companies. Many times, they are the ones conducting the clinical trials themselves. A drug company does not make money until their product hits the open market. It is in their financial interest to make sure their product gets into the hands of doctors and patients as soon as possible.
In some cases, this can lead to poor or inaccurate clinical data or data that is manipulated in order to make sure the drug gets FDA approval. The FDA lacks both the funding and the resources to independently investigate and verify all drug data or to do their own testing.
The FDA knows that there may be side effects that have not been fully studied, disclosed, or may be found in a very small part of the population taking a drug. They even have a website and set of steps where doctors and patients can report previously unknown side effects for the FDA to investigate. Here is a break-down of the ways in which unsafe drugs make it past the FDA:
- Lack of research on long-term side effects
- FDA’s lack of funding and resources
- Drugs being used for off-label use (treating conditions not originally intended)
- Failure of the company to disclose all side effects
- 501(k) clearance
- FDA process that allows a drug similar to another to enter the market with little clinical testing
What Types of Drugs Could Pose Problems?
Pharmaceutical companies are for-profit entities – they are in the business of developing and marketing drugs for money. While they should have a vested interest in seeing patients benefit from their medication, that isn’t always the case. Some drug companies have continued to reap the financial benefits of their product while knowingly compromising the safety of the general public.
Despite scientific and medical evidence that some drugs are dangerous, big pharmaceutical companies continue to heavily market and promote their drugs while battling lawsuits behind the scenes. Which drugs have potentially serious side effects? This list includes many pharmaceuticals that have been found to cause serious and previously undisclosed side effects, many of which are at the heart of class-action lawsuits:
Pain Killing Drugs
- Darvon and Darvocet
Psychiatric and Anti-Depression Drugs
- Cymbalta, Lyrica
- Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa
Diet/Weight Loss Pills
- Fen Phen
Hormone Replacement Drugs
- Hormone Replacement Therapies
- Low Testosterone Medications
Other Drugs Associated with Dangers
- Ortho Evra
- Viagra, Levitra, Cialis
While this is an extensive list, it is not all-encompassing. New drug side effects are being discovered all the time. If you’ve suffered a potentially dangerous or life-threatening reaction from taking a drug, contact DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P., to discuss the circumstances with one of our experienced attorneys.
Side Effects of Dangerous Drugs
Medication is meant to be taken in order to reduce the signs and symptoms of a current medical condition, not make it worse. Some drugs can cause side effects so serious they make the original condition seem bland by comparison. Unknown or unintended side effects of medications can also put a patient’s health in jeopardy. Some of the more dangerous side effects that have been attributed to the medications listed above include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Internal bleeding
- Birth defects
- Kidney failure
- Liver problems
- Increased risk of cancer
- Cardiovascular problems
- Psychological issues
- Addiction or dependency problems
Compensation for Unsafe Drugs
Taking an unsafe drug can cause major medical complications. The drug may make an existing condition worse, or it may create an entirely new condition or set of symptoms. Many times the result is still the same – costly medical bills, lost wages from time missed from work, and the stress and anxiety of knowing that what was supposed to make you feel better actually made you worse.
Every prescription drug claim is different. That means that every case and every dollar amount of compensation due for damages is different. There is no magic number that can be put on a claim of this nature. In general, however, here are some examples of the type of compensation that you may be able to recover if you’ve been the victim of an unsafe drug:
- Current medical expenses: These can include doctor’s bills, hospital bills, rehabilitation bills, anything related to your treatment following an unsafe drug incident.
- Future medical bills: If a drug caused serious damage, and you will need further care, compensation may be available for your future medical expenses related to the incident.
- Lost wages: If you missed work due to an unsafe drug and its impact on your health, you may be entitled to recovering lost wages.
- Pain and suffering
Again, every case has its own unique set of circumstances. Compensation may be influenced by the amount and type of evidence, the type of injuries suffered, and the cost of current and future medical expenses. An experienced attorney with DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P., is your best resource when it comes to legal advice and determining what you can expect in the form of compensation for your injuries.
How Can DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P. Help Me Following a Dangerous Drug Reaction?
It can seem like taking on a major pharmaceutical company is an uphill battle. Proving that a pharmaceutical company is at fault for an unsafe drug can be difficult. They have teams of attorneys working on their behalf to keep their profits safe.
At DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P., we believe that you deserve compensation and justice. Big business can’t be allowed to skirt responsibility for their actions at the cost of people’s health and safety. Don’t let them intimidate you into silence. The Hickory defective drug attorneys at DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P., have the resources and experience it takes to pursue unsafe drug claims.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an unsafe or dangerous drug, contact us today at (828) 345-1111 to set up a free case evaluation. We want to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
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