Drug access in the US is restricted by prescription channels. The individuals (or entities) that can give the wrong drug to the wrong hands include:
- doctors and physicians who prescribe medication
- healthcare or nursing staff who administer drugs (prescription and otherwise)
- pharmacists who fill prescriptions
- prescription drug companies, manufacturers, and marketers
These individuals and entities can be held liable for a number of mistakes, including:
- prescribing or administering the wrong medication
- prescribing or administering the wrong dosage
- failure to reasonably foresee detrimental complications (i.e. harmful drug interaction)
- manufacturing and marketing defective or unreasonably unsafe medications
Examples of drug injury related lawsuits include:
- Enzyte and Extenze, penis-enhancing drug were sued for the marketing – claiming to make men’s penis sizes longer when in fact the drug simply provides more blood flow to the area.
- Roche, the maker of the acne drug Accutane stopped mass producing the drug in the US due to the cost of lawsuits.
Current pharmaceutical product litigation involving drugs and medical devices include:
- Avandia: increased risk of heart attack and increased fracture risk
- Fen Phen: A combination of drugs prescribed for weight loss has led to Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) and heart valve damage
- Heparin: contamination linked to severe allergic reactions
- Levaquin (including Avelox and Cipro): can cause tendon rupture
- Paxil: linked to birth defects such as ventricular septal defects, and infant death
- Yasmin/Yaz: linked to many complications including heart attack and liver damage
- Zicam: linked to damaging sense of smell and taste
How We Can Help
In America, prescription drugs can be lifesavers. We use it everyday to alleviate common and minimal pain related to a headache or toothache, to ensure one’s heart beats appropriately, and to make sure our kidneys stay functional. That’s why it is so important that the drugs we use are safe.
We take these matters seriously and fight on your behalf to take on the so-called “big pharma guys” when necessary so that any harm incurred as a result of drug makers incompetence or greed, at your expense, comes to light and is remedied as best as possible in a court of law.
For perspective, as it currently stands, prescription drugs are responsible for more injuries and deaths annually than illegal narcotics. Drug makers should be held responsible when they are, in fact, responsible for such occurrences. We do what is in your best interest to see to it that you stand the greatest chance of recovering a favorable financial result to help you pay for medical and other costs resulting from said injuries.