Experienced New Jersey Defective Drug Lawyers
Defective drugs can cause illness – physical, psychological / mental illness and sometimes even death. The experienced defective drug attorneys at the Clark Law Firm, P.C. are experienced in handling product liability lawsuits including defective and dangerous drug / pharmaceutical lawsuits for those who have experienced illness as a result of their use.
Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Defective Drugs
The role of the FDA is to protect public health. Among other products, they do this by ensuring the safety and effectiveness of drugs. When the dangerous side effects of a drug outweigh the benefits of the drug, the FDA considers it to be defective. This applies to both over-the-counter medications as well as prescription pharmaceutical drugs. Once the drug is on the market, sometimes after many years, the dangers of the drug are discovered by those that have suffered from physical or mental illness or wrongful death has occurred. Pharmaceutical companies have a legal obligation to test their products prior to applying for FDA approval. Although all drugs approved by the FDA have to successfully pass clinical trials, sometimes testing may be rushed or inadequate and the dangers are not detected during the process. This can result in dangerous and defective drugs being put on the market and therefore an increased number of consumers experiencing serious injury or illness.
Drug companies, frequently large corporations, are often driven by profits and loyalty to their shareholders. Unfortunately, they have been known to downplay adverse affects of their drugs, leaving unsuspecting consumers to pay the price.
There have been instances where drug companies have not taken their defective drugs off the market – but instead have just added warning language on the label; therefore, continuing to make these dangerous defective drugs available to consumers. If you believe you have suffered any physical or psychological side effects from taking a drug, it is important to contact an experienced defective drug lawyer. Attorneys at the Clark Law Firm, PC in NJ will investigate your claim and determine if a pharmaceutical lawsuit will benefit you.
Drug Injury Law Suits
Defective drug injury lawsuits can fall into several categories – product liability law, drug injury law or medical malpractice – all which are filed against the drug company. These lawsuits include cases where over-the-counter or prescription drugs were sold without proper written warning on the labeling. Circumstances can include failure to warn of the danger of use along with specific other drugs, effects of long-term use, possible dangerous side effects, failure to discourage misuse, as well as withdrawal symptoms that may occur when reducing use or eliminating use completely. Although care may have been taken to prevent or warn against harmful side effects, drug manufacturers can still be held liable for illness or death caused by the use of their drug.
Defective Drug Side Effects
Some implications of use of defective drugs include:
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Severe Depression
- Extreme Withdrawal
- Liver Damage
- Kidney Damage
- Heart Damage
- Heart Attack
Potentially Dangerous Drug List
Specific drugs for treating depression, arthritis, high cholesterol, weight, as well as other disorders or illnesses include but are not limited to:
- Fentanyl Pain Patch
- Phenylpropanolamine Hydrochloride (PPA)
Innocent consumers have experienced pain and suffering, significant past and future medical bills, loss of income due to illness, and reduced earning capacity due to long term negative effects from use of dangerous defective drugs. If you or a loved one has experienced injury or illness, either physical or psychological, within the last two years as a result of using a prescription or over-the-counter drug, contact our experienced defective drug lawyers to pursue damages and compensation. Drug manufactures and possibly distributors have a responsibility to ensure the drugs they put on the market and sell to consumers are safe. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable. Drug attorneys at the Clark Law Firm, PC have the experience and resources to handle pharmaceutical litigation with any size drug manufacturer.