Pharmaceutical Drug manufacturing is a multibillion dollar business. So many new drugs are being introduced every month that the FDA can’t always keep up with the mandated regulations and approval.
Prescription drugs with deadly or serious side effects can be put on the market before sufficient testing is completed or results are adequately complied for the consumers. We are all familiar with the long list of side effects the drug companies add on to their advertisements.
In haste, many pharmaceutical companies distribute drugs that have dangerous side effects that outweigh whatever benefits they may have for the consumer.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a pharmaceutical drug, you may have a defective products claim. These liability claims are similar to other defective product claims, with additional important features specifically targeted for pharmaceutical drugs.
There are three major categories of drug related product liability claims:
1. Claims based on defectively manufactured pharmaceutical drugs
2. Pharmaceutical drugs with dangerous side effects (even though properly manufactured)
3. Improperly marketed pharmaceutical drugs
Defectively manufactured drugs If the drug was manufactured incorrectly or became contaminated as the result of the facility where it was made, it could be considered defective.
There may have been an error in packaging, labeling or shipping the product. Any error between the place of manufacture and the place you receive the drug can be consider in a defective drug claim.
Drugs with dangerous side effects Even if the drug was properly manufactured, packaged, labeled, shipped and sold with no mistakes, there still may have been side effect that resulted in injury.
These cases could consist of drugs that have been on the market for several years before side effects are discovered. Victims sometimes claim the pharmaceutical company may have known the risks but deliberately concealed or downplayed the test results.
These cases will get more in punitive damages. (Additional compensation to the victim with the intent to punish the wrong doer)
Improperly marketed drugs This type of claim involves injures caused because of inadequate or inaccurate warnings regarding dangerous side effects. There also may have been no instructions regarding safe and appropriate use of the drug.
The marketing of the drug may have left out warnings or recommendation concerning the use of the drug. The instructions may have left out important additional dosage guidelines, such as: always take with food, or never drink alcoholic beverages with a certain prescription drug.
If you have any concerns about a possible claim concerning a prescribed medication, you will need to contact the best defective drug attorney.
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This article is for educational and marketing purposes only and in no way should be considered legal advice. It also does not establish an attorney-client relationship.