Helping Victims Who Have Been Hurt by Pharmaceuticals
When we talk about dangerous drugs, we are not referring to those sold illegally on the street. We are all familiar with the dangers of street drugs. We are referring here to the drugs sold by multi-billion dollar drug companies who have been found to spend more on advertising to a trusting population than on research and development of safe drugs. These include drugs such as Actos, Pradaxa, and other widely used ones. Tragically, dangerous drugs do not just affect children and adults; very young infants are now being subjected to dangerous drugs.
If a dangerous drug has harmed you or a loved one, please contact a Springfield personal injury lawyer from A Good Law Firm as soon as possible.
The tip of the iceberg is being explored when it comes to the blatant negligence found in many enormously profitable drug companies. Approval of the drugs is often procured through unethical means and often without adequate testing. Even worse, test results that predict dangers are obscured or hidden, and the drugs continue to be marketed and sold. Drug companies have virtually unlimited resources. They are strictly liable for injuries caused by defective or dangerous drugs. Having an experienced and skilled legal representation can help reach effective and optimum results for your case.
Not All Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs are Safe
Contrary to popular belief, a consumer's health and well-being are not entirely safe when taking drugs purchased over the counter or prescription medications obtained at a pharmacy. These too can carry serious side effects that could be more than dangerous to the users taking them. In fact, some of the most severe cases involving dangerous drugs claims have been made on behalf of patients that were taking medications that were prescribed to them by their attending physician.
Dangerous and defective drugs are the products of manufacturers that may not have put in the appropriate time necessary to make sure that the medication was completely effective and totally safe for consumer use. What may have tested positively in initial results may not have fared as well in later tests. However, if thorough and extensive testing was not done before the drug was released on the market, serious complications could be later associated with the medication. Therefore, before taking any medication, whether or not it was prescribed to you by a doctor or pharmacist, you should take the time to learn everything about the side effects associated with it and the history of its use.
Drug Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating the prescription drugs and medications that are made available to consumers on the market. In cases in which it appears as if a dangerous or defective drug may have entered the market, the FDA will either request that the issuing company of the drug voluntarily recall the product or issue a binding order for them to do so.
Categories of drug recalls are made according to the following classifications:
- Class I Recall: there is reasonable probability that exposure or use to the drug in question could result in serious and negative consequences to the user's health. Class I recalls can and should be submitted when the risk of death exists as well.
- Class II Recall: there is reason to believe that exposure to the drug in question could result in temporary or reversible negative side effects to the user's health. When using drugs that fall into the Class II category, only a small likelihood exists of experiencing severe side effects.
- Class III Recall: the least severe of the three classifications, a Class III categorization implies that use or exposure to the drug in question could, but is not likely to, cause adverse reactions among consumers.
In some cases, a drug may be withdrawn from the market before even receiving a warning from the FDA. These types of market withdrawals occur when the affected drug exhibits minor defects prior to being subjected to the FDA's jurisdiction. In such cases, the drugs are removed from the market in order to preemptively handle the problem before any major negative consequences occur.
When the FDA has reason to believe that a marketable drug could be tied to serious complications, but this has not been solidified with proof, the FDA may issues a safety alert warning instead. These safety alerts serve as warnings to patients and healthcare providers of the potential for complications that may be associated with the use of the drug. Market withdrawals and safety recalls can both be issued even in the absence of an official drug recall.
Examples of Potentially Dangerous Drugs
There are many drugs that have been part of class action lawsuits or mass torts because the damage and personal injury caused was so widespread.
Some of the drugs involved in these actions are:
- Viagra (deadly skin cancer melanoma)
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to the claims of drug companies and are now suffering the effects, it is important to act immediately. If you wait too long to act, you could lose your right to possible compensation for your injuries.
Contact A Good Law Firm today for a free consultation.