When you take medication, you expect it to improve your health and alleviate your symptoms. You don’t expect that the medicine itself will make you sick. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens in far too many cases.
If you have suffered the negative consequences of an unreasonably dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Potentially Dangerous Prescription Drugs
Examples of prescription medications that may cause dangerous side effects include:
- Ortho Evra
- Zithromax (Z-Pak)
FDA Approval Process Does Not Guarantee Safety
Before a new drug goes on the market, it is supposed to be subjected to thorough tests to ensure that it is safe, effective and does not produce unreasonably dangerous side effects that could threaten patient safety. In reality, the FDA approval process has flaws that have allowed many hazardous medications to reach patients.
If a new medication meets with success, the manufacture could make millions or billions of dollars. That means the stakes are very high for securing FDA approval. Despite what many people may believe, the FDA itself does not test new medications. It leaves testing up to the very companies that have an interest in the drugs’ approval. This opens the door to conflicts of interest and other problems.
For example, a test may be problematic because the study sample is not large enough or the study covers too short of a time period. Some drug companies may neglect to inform the FDA about negative results or seek to minimize findings that fail to bolster the efficacy and safety of the medication under examination.
Such a flawed process means that many dangerous side effects and other problems with new drugs do not become widely known until the medication has already reached the market and patients begin to exhibit problems related to the medication. In other situations, pharmaceutical companies have used “off-label” marketing to sell their products. This involves marketing a drug to treat conditions that the drug was not approved to treat, resulting in severe medical issues for patients.
Liability in Pharmaceutical Injury Lawsuits
Individuals who have suffered harm due to dangerous drugs may be able to recover compensation from the companies that developed, manufactured and marketed the medicine. The close surviving relatives of someone who died due to a dangerous drug may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death claim.
Victims of dangerous drugs may be entitled to recover compensation for their losses that may include:
- Medical costs related to conditions caused by the dangerous drug
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity due to the dangerous drug
- Pain, suffering and reduced quality of life
- Punitive damages in cases of exceptionally negligent conduct
What to Do If You Were Injured by a Dangerous Drug
Proper medical treatment should be your first priority after suffering the negative consequences of a dangerous drug.
- Report your concerns to you doctor as soon as possible, but do not stop taking the medication until you have conferred with your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor that you believe the condition is related to the prescription drug.
- Also be sure to hang onto the bottle or other packaging that the medication came in, as well as any remaining doses. Keeping these items could help doctors provide you with proper care for your condition. They could also be valuable evidence in any dangerous drug claim you may have against the company that developed, made and marketed the medicine.
- After you have secured care for your immediate medical concerns, you should get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you believe that you may have a claim related to injuries from a dangerous drug, the best way to find out for sure is to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable New York attorney. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, is ready to review the specifics of your situation and advise you about your legal rights in a free consultation.
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