When someone is prescribed a medication, they trust it has been thoroughly evaluated and will treat their medical issue effectively and safely. It can be scary then, when a medicine causes a serious problem that was not known or not properly disclosed. Additionally, it may feel daunting to find out how this error occurred and go up against the likes of pharmaceutical companies or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hold them accountable. Ramsey Law Group understands how frustrating a drug-related injury case can be and we work with each family to ensure they can have some peace of mind during the entire process. We have extensive experience bringing justice to families who have suffered at the hands of pharmaceuticals or drug manufacturers and distributors.
Unfortunately, the promise of substantial profits often prompts drug companies to push out medicines before they have been fully evaluated. They may not understand all the side effects, particularly if they present only years after first being used. Additionally, the FDA often also does not conduct rigorous enough testing at the pressuring of the drug companies. The FDA may also approve a label that does not adequately describe the risks of taking a certain medication and/or has incorrect information on taking the drug. As a result, consumers can sustain serious injuries and illnesses from taking these medicines.
Some common issues we have seen resulting from improperly tested or labeled drugs include heart attacks, significant blood pressure increases or decreases, damage to internal organs, strokes, increased risk of developing cancer, and depression (which could lead to suicide), among others. If a prescription medicine is to blame for one of these serious and potential outcomes, it is important to have your case evaluated as soon as possible. Ramsey Law Group works with clients to determine if the pharmaceutical company is to blame. Then, we will fight to make sure you are appropriately compensated for the harm, financial, physical, and mental, this company caused you and your family. We are up for the fight with these big companies and we have beat them before. Our trial lawyers are willing to put in the time and effort to aggressively advocate for you.
What are FDA drug recalls?
FDA drug recalls are designed to protect the public from defective and/or potentially harmful products. A drug recall can be conducted on a company’s own initiative or required by FDA request. Drug recalls occur routinely every year. A drug recall is an alternative to an FDA-initiated court action regarding products in violation of federal safety laws that have been sold and otherwise distributed into the American marketplace. The FDA assigns a recall classification – Class I, Class II, or Class III – which indicates how hazardous a particular product may be.
What drugs have been subject to major product recalls?
A sample of drugs that have been the subject of major recalls include:
Valsartan:In July of 2018, the FDA began to announce a series of voluntary recalls for valsartan-containing products because of contamination with the carcinogen known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The list of recalled drugs eventually covered more than 50% of valsartan products.
Vioxx: This selective NSAID for arthritis heightened the risks for heart attack and stroke, and was tied to nearly 28,000 American heart attacks between 1999 and 2003. Manufacturer Merck voluntarily pulled the drug from the market in 2004 after it was given to more than 20 million people.
Diethylstilbestrol (DES): This drug to prevent prenatal problems during pregnancy was recalled in 1971 after five to ten million people were exposed. Women who took DES had a greater chance of developing breast cancer. In addition, daughters of DES mothers are more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer and are 2.4 times as likely to be infertile.
Fenfluramine/Phentermine (Fen-Phen): Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories recalledFen-Phen in 1997 after 24 years on the market. The hugely popular weight loss drug was taken by as many as 6.5 million people to help fight obesity. Consumers experienced heart disease and other pulmonary problems, with more than 50,000 victims filing suit against Wyeth.
What do drug injury lawyers do?
If you suffered harmful prescription medication side effects or lost a loved one because of a dangerous drug, you have the right totake legal action against the drug’s manufacturer and/or distributor. Drug injury lawyers can help you file a claim for financial damages in a product liability lawsuit. You can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Drug injury lawyers importantly also help protect others from similar harm caused by defective medications.