Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to consumers to make sure they’re selling a safe, effective medication or medical device. Drugs are put through rigorous testing and clinical trials before they’re allowed on the market. However, some drug manufacturers know how to “cheat” the system to turn a larger profit at the expense of consumer health.
Many companies market dangerous or defective drugs long after severe side effects are reported. These hazardous medications can lead to irreversible injuries or death, and so, it’s important to file a dangerous drugs lawsuit to prevent future injuries and recover compensation for the harm you and your loved ones have endured.
All medications come with risks, and these potential dangers must be properly listed on the drug’s label. Drug companies have a duty to make sure the label accurately describes all side effects, but these institutions often try to hide known risks and market a dangerous product without notifying physicians and patients of the drug’s known dangers.
What Makes a Dangerous and/or Defective Drug?
Medications are found defective or dangerous as a result of many factors including:
- Flaws in the design
- Manufacturing errors
- Hidden side effects
- Off-label prescriptions
- Deceptive marketing techniques to underplay side effects
- Failure to thoroughly test the drug before releasing it on the market
- Failure to properly list side effects on the label after research linked the drug to specific reactions
Filing a Dangerous Drugs Claim
If you took a medication that led to a severe adverse side effect that you weren’t made aware of, you might be able to file a dangerous drugs claim against the responsible party for failure to warn, strict product liability or negligence. Additionally, many pharmaceutical manufacturers neglect to disclose an increased risk of heart failure or kidney damage, which is also grounds for a lawsuit.
These claims are complicated, and the manufacturing company and other entities involved likely have skilled representation. You need an experienced attorney to help you fight your case and recover compensation for pain and suffering.
Our attorneys at Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. in Prescott can help you determine if you have a dangerous drugs claim through a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Contact us today at928-778-2660 . We serve clients in Cottonwood, Prescott, Prescott Valley and all of Northern Arizona.