Many people rely on medications to preserve their health and treat serious medical conditions. When those drugs are defective, the resultant injuries can be devastating.
Before new drugs can be put on the market, they must obtain approval by the Food and Drug Administration. But FDA approval is not a guarantee of a drug’s safety. Sometimes, testing fails to uncover dangerous risks, and those who have used the drugs are injured. Manufacturing defects, after testing has been completed, may also render otherwise safe drugs dangerous for users.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to disclose each drug’s potential side effects on its label. Medical professionals and patients need to have full information about a drug’s risks and side effects so that they can make an informed decision as to whether to prescribe or use it.
If a pharmaceutical is found to be dangerous, there may be a drug recall to take it off the market. The pharmaceutical company may initiate the recall, or the FDA can issue a public warning and recommend that it be taken off the market or may order a recall.
Using dangerous drugs can result in serious harm, including cancer, birth defects, and even death. If a drug is unsafe for use, or if the risks and side effects are not disclosed on the label, a victim may have grounds for a personal injury suit. Please contact us today for a free consultation.