Millions of Americans take prescription and over-the-counter drugs every day to treat a chronic condition or just improve their quality of life. The pharmaceutical industry is developing drugs targeting nearly every disease or ailment. However, too often, people are injured or killed due to defective drugs.
A defective drug can be any prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological or emotional injury to those who take it. These injuries can be caused by either a defect in the drug or because of incomplete labeling or insufficient warning labels. Unfortunately, it can sometimes take years to discover that a drug is dangerous, resulting in hundreds of deaths or injuries.
The business of manufacturing and distributing pharmaceutical drugs is a $400 billion per year industry, and with companies scrambling to get the biggest slice of profit they can, it is inevitable that sometimes shortcuts are made and safety testing is rushed. Drug companies often have the best attorneys money can buy protecting them. So if you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective drug, you need experienced legal professionals fighting for your rights.
At the Fitch Law Firm, we fight for the rights of defective drug victims, and help them receive the compensation they need. Call 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation to find out if we can help.
Liability in Faulty Drug Lawsuits
In most cases where medical injury occurs from a prescription drug, one of three parties is held accountable for negligence:
- The drug manufacturer. When inadequate testing and research was done before making the drug public, or a company attempts to conceal a drug’s dangerous side effects, it may be grounds for a defective products lawsuit. It is the drug manufacturer’s responsibility to authorize the appropriate tests before submitting the drug for approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The pharmacist. When a prescription is filled with the wrong medication or dosage, a medical malpractice suit may possibly be filed.
- The physician. If a medical professional prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, or prescribes a medication that other professionals would not have, it may lead to a case of medical malpractice.
Defective drugs the Fitch Law Firm is investigating
When concerns arise about a drug, the FDA will investigate and determine whether the drug’s side effects outweigh its intended benefits. If it is found that the side effects outweigh the benefits, the FDA will sometimes issue a drug recall. Sometimes the recall will remove a drug from the market. Other times the recall will simply require additional warnings be added to the drug’s labeling information.
Some of the defective drugs we are investigating include:
How can we help?
Injury lawsuits involving unsafe drugs or dangerous pharmaceutical practices must be filed within a certain time frame. If you delay your claim too long, your case may become ineligible.
Dealing with drug companies and their lawyers requires experienced legal professionals who can gather and sift through the evidence and help prove who was negligent. The professionals at the Fitch Law Firm can help hold the negligent parties responsible, and help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.