U.S. Defective Prescription Drugs Lawyers

U.S. Defective Prescription Drug Lawyers

Attorneys in Your Area for Patients Injured by Dangerous Pharmaceutical Products

When you see a doctor to address concerns regarding any type of illness or medical condition, the physician might decide to prescribe medication to help your condition. It may be one medication or a combination of several drugs, depending on your specific health issue. Either way, it is understandable—and your right—to believe that the prescribed drugs will work as intended. You and your doctor are likely to be aware of the possible side effects of the medications, but you are not likely to be worried about the overall safety of the drugs that you have been prescribed. Defective drugs, however, are a serious problem, and thousands of individuals per year in the United States suffer harm as the result of dangerous and defective pharmaceutical products.

The attorneys who comprise the Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyers directory know how devastating it can be when a dangerous or defective drug causes additional illness or injury. Standing up to powerful pharmaceutical companies and large healthcare organizations can be intimidating and overwhelming, but doing so is crucial in holding the makers of defective drugs accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or a member of your family has suffered due to a defective medication, contact a top product liability attorney near you to get the help you need in seeking the compensation you deserve.

How Can a Drug Be Defective?

A defective drug is generally considered to be any medication or pharmaceutical product that leads to patients suffering unexpected physical, emotional, or psychological injuries. This includes prescription medications and drugs that are available "over the counter." A pharmaceutical product could be found as defective based on problems with how it is formulated, labeled, or presented to health care providers and patients. For example, a drug with packaging that does not include adequate warnings about known side effects could be considered defective.

In the U.S. and around the world, the pharmaceutical industry is known to be extremely competitive—often to the point of being ruthless. Drug manufacturers are constantly trying to come up with the next "miracle" drug, but too often, the focus is on miraculous profits instead of miraculous results for patients. This creates pressure within the industry for drug makers to take shortcuts during the testing phase or to compromise on quality in order to get their products to market faster. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for approving new drugs for use in America, but pharmaceutical companies submit their own documentation to the FDA for approval. Over the years, drug makers have been caught manipulating testing records and seeking approval for drugs that were clearly known to be dangerous and sometimes deadly.

In some cases, a drug could be available to providers and patients for many months or even years before the drug's defects become evident. When this happens, it may be because the issues did not arise during the initial testing process, but long-term use of the drug revealed a new set of concerns. If the risks and side effects of a drug begin to outweigh its intended benefits, the drug is likely to be considered defective.

Common Dangerous Drugs

Any pharmaceutical product could potentially be defective, but certain drugs have become fairly well known for the injuries they have caused to unsuspecting patients. You may be eligible for compensation if you suffered harm as a result of taking medications such as:

  • Accutane
  • Ambien
  • Celebrex
  • Concerta
  • Fosamax
  • Heparin
  • Ortho Evra
  • Paxil
  • Seroquel
  • Viagra
  • Xarelto
  • Any other over-the-counter or prescription drug

Individual pharmaceutical companies and the pharmaceutical industry as a whole—often referred to as "Big Pharma"—will do almost anything to escape responsibility for the defective and dangerous drugs they produce. With this in mind, it is crucial to work with an attorney who is experienced in holding drug makers accountable for the injuries they cause.

Contact a Top Defective Drugs Attorney

For more information about defective drugs and your options for seeking compensation for the harm you or a loved one has suffered, contact a Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyer in your area. Many top lawyers offer free consultations, and some do not charge any fees unless your case is successful. Call and make an appointment today.

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