Injured by Dangerous or Defective Drugs?
NC Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyer Explains Options for Compensation
Prescription drugs should help you, not hurt you. That is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all pharmaceutical companies to test new drugs to ensure they are safe. However, many drugs approved by the FDA are later determined to have harmful side effects, be insufficiently labeled or contain drug defects. Doctors also may make prescription errors either due to negligence or poor labeling. In either case, serious injuries, illnesses or even wrongful death could result from these dangerous drugs. The FDA does routinely issue drug recalls when medications pose a risk to patients. Still, these recalls only happen after many people have already sustained injuries, and may not prevent all future harm.
In 2016, the FDA approved a total of 78 medications for sale in the United States. Yet, that same year the FDA issued recalls for more than 35 pharmaceutical products, from antidepressants to eye care products, because of dangerous defects. If you were hurt by bad medication, you may be able to collect compensation through a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. However, these kinds of lawsuits are complex. A North Carolina pharmaceutical litigation lawyer from Riddle & Brantley can assist you in filing your claim and can defend your rights at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. We can also give you information about any class action lawsuits or multi-district litigation you may be able to join. For timely information about defective drugs and ongoing class actions, check the resources provided by DrugWatcher.
What Serious Side Effects Often Result from Defective Medication?
The FDA may recall defective drugs if patients begin exhibiting serious, often life-threatening side effects that do not appear on the medication’s warning label. Sometimes, the recall only amends the list of side effects so that doctors can warn patients of the potential dangers. However, recalls happen only after victims have endured serious health problems, including:
- Heart Attack
- Organ Failure
- Psychological Problems
- Birth Defects
- Internal Bleeding
- Muscle and Nerve Damage
- Wrongful Death
Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to test all new drugs for dangerous side effects like these. These companies must also consider other factors that may make a medication dangerous for some people and not others. These include interactions with other drugs and conditions as well as the effect on people of different ages, ethnicities, and genders. If companies neglect this duty and serious injuries result, then victims may be entitled to compensation
What Dangerous Drugs are Still on the Market?
Unfortunately, thousands of dangerous prescription and non-prescription medications are sold in the United States each year. In some cases, pharmaceutical companies know about these dangers, but continue to market the drugs anyway. In other cases, unanticipated long-term negative effects or other complications may arise. Regardless, the manufacturer is often strictly liable for injuries and damages caused by drug defects.
The following list includes some of the most potentially dangerous prescription drugs currently on the market or recently recalled:
Before declaring a drug defective, the FDA first investigates the medication to determine if its risks outweigh its benefits. If so, then the FDA issues a recall to remove the drug from the market. In some instances, a recall simply requires the manufacturer to include warnings on the label, rather than removing the dangerous drug.
Important Dangerous Drug Resources
- Zantac – If you have taken Zantac and been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Learn more about potential NDMA contamination in Zantac and ongoing Zantac lawsuits.
- Elmiron – If you have taken the bladder medication Elmiron and experienced retina or other eye damage, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more about Elmiron lawsuits and your potential eligibility.
- Belviq – The FDA has ordered a complete withdrawal of the popular weight-loss medication from the market due to elevated risk of cancer. Learn more about Belviq lawsuits and whether you may qualify for a claim.
- Valsartan – Certain valsartan-containing medications may be contaminated with NDMA and cause cancer. If you’ve taken valsartan and been diagnosed with cancer, learn more about valsartan lawsuits we’re working on.
- Truvada – Popular medicines used to treat and prevent HIV, Truvada and Truvada for PrEP may put patients at risk for serious side effects including lactic acidosis, kidney failure or liver problems. Learn more about the Truvada lawsuits our attorneys are handling.
- Uloric – Those taking Uloric to treat gout may be at higher risk of death than those taking alternatives. Learn more about Uloric lawsuits and eligibility criteria.
Many prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are dangerous drugs because they may have a variety of negative effects on a person. These may include physical and emotional side effects.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries from a bad medication, then our North Carolina drug injury attorneys can help. With over 160 years of combined legal experience, we are not afraid to take a stand against large corporations and protect your rights.
Who May Be Liable for Dangerous Pharmaceutical Drugs?
When a pharmaceutical company develops a drug, it undergoes testing to ensure it does not cause harm. However, despite approval from the FDA, any drug may still cause serious side effects, especially if prescribed improperly. In many cases the reason is that the FDA does not conduct these initial tests, the pharmaceutical companies do. These companies may overlook or neglect a full range of tests, marketing dangerous drugs in the interest of profits.
Therefore, the drug manufacturer is usually liable for the injury caused by drug defects. The companies are responsible if their product was defective due to a manufacturing error, was wrongfully marketed, failed to advise users of the inherent risks or contained a design flaw.
Additionally, pharmacists and doctors have the responsibility to ensure that they are issuing the correct dosage and medication to a patient in need. If these professionals neglect safety warnings or are careless in prescribing or issuing drugs, then they may also be partially liable for your injuries and damages.
Hurt by a Defective Drug? Contact a NC Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyer Today
A prescription error or the sale of a dangerous drug often results in serious personal injury or wrongful death. At Riddle & Brantley, our drug injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping injured people like you and their families obtain justice. When Justice Counts,® put us to work. We will help make things right.
Our attorneys are available to assist clients throughout North Carolina, with law offices in Goldsboro and Kinston as well as Raleigh and Jacksonville. As one of the largest injury firms in North Carolina, we have the resources and knowledge that allows us to develop the strongest possible case for your situation. Pharmaceutical companies are multi-billion-dollar international corporations; challenging them in court requires the resources and experience we bring to your case.
For a free consultation with an experienced pharmaceutical litigation lawyer, contact us at (800) 525-7111 or complete a free case evaluation form. We can visit you at home, in the hospital, in the nursing home or wherever else you are most comfortable. Flexible appointment times are available.