Holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for defective drugs

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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When you go to the pharmacy to receive a prescription, you often feel a sense of relief because you believe that you are about to start feeling better. Most of the time, this is true. Sometimes, however, a prescription can make you much worse off than you were in the first place.

Drugs and medicines issued in the United States must meet certain standards set out by the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, before being released into the general population. When an individual suffers from an injury because of a defective drug, it is crucial to determine the fault behind the injury.

Some medications are unavoidably unsafe. These products are likely to have harmful side effects, but it has been determined that the good outweighs the bad. As long as the products contain warnings and have been properly prepared, little can be done for an injury suffered.

When manufacturing their products, however, pharmaceutical companies do have a duty to protect their future consumers. If the company is negligent or malicious during the process of creating the prescription, they may be held accountable for the injuries suffered. Companies can also be held accountable for not properly warning a consumer about the known dangers of their product.

Product liability lawsuits allow individuals to keep pharmaceutical companies in check. If an individual believes that a defective drug is the cause of their injury, they may want to get more information about their options in order to investigate the cause behind the injury to the fullest extent.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Pharmaceutical Drug Liability" Accessed Sept. 9, 2014

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