When using over the counter medications or a prescription from a doctor, the assumption is that the drug is safe. However, even drugs approved by the FDA can cause serious harm to consumers. Dangerous drugs usually fall under one of the following categories:
Defective Drugs — These are drugs that have been improperly manufactured or somehow became tainted before reaching the end user. Defects may be caused by an error during the manufacturing or bottling, an error in labeling, a shipping problem, or other mistakes or incidents.
Dangerous Side Effects — This involves claims in which the manufacturer knew that a drug was dangerous, yet intentionally did not disclose the risks. Drugs with harmful side effects that outweigh its benefits also falling under this category.
Improper Marketing – When instructions or recommendations regarding dangerous side effects or safe usage are not adequately or effectively explained, the drug has not been properly marketed. The label should list warnings and medical providers or pharmacists should warn consumers of possible risks.
Liability for a dangerous drug claim would normally fall to manufacturers, distributors, pharmacists, medical provider, and/or sales reps.
Symptoms of a dangerous drug include, but are not limited to:
The damage caused by dangerous drugs can be psychological, emotional, or physical. Liability may be difficult to prove and costly, so it’s important to consult with an accomplished personal injury attorney with experience in dangerous drug claims. Our attorneys here at Sadler Ladenburg have that experience. Give us a call. (253) 573- 1700.