Drug Litigation Law Insights
- Posted on: Jul 31 2016
The Food and Drug Administration regulates and approves the hundreds of new (FDA-approved) drugs released each year, many people are alarmed when they learn that some of these approved drugs cause horrible side effects, injury, or even death.
By Law, Drug Manufacturers are Liable for Damages
Regardless of the level of harm these drugs cause, the drug manufacturers are strictly liable for injuries if the product they sell is defective or unreasonably dangerous. Another shocking aspect of this area of law is that some of these dangerous drugs were still marketed by drug companies despite evidence that these products caused serious side effects, including death.
Although it is never the intention of the pharmaceutical company to cause harm to the individuals who take their drugs, they are still responsible for the damages and injuries caused by things like defective products, insufficient warnings, or even design flaws of the drugs: The side effects of prescription drugs can sometimes have extremely serious consequences. In the past, even major pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson have been sued for causing serious conditions and illnesses, like ovarian cancer.
Earlier research on talc suggested a link between the use of talcum powder and cancer. In the case of this product, the FDA did not require warnings due to the fact that talc was not considered a drug, but rather a cosmetic product.
The drugs that pharmaceutical companies create must be approved and reach the standards put forward by the Food and Drug Administration. When they don’t, they should be held responsible – no matter how big or small the company is. Anyone experiencing serious side effects, unaccounted for conditions, or believe that the drug they are taking is defective in some way, they will want to contact a drug litigation attorney for assistance bringing a claim forward.
Contact Brooklyn/New York City Drug Litigation Attorneys Held & Hines LLP
With the help of a drug litigation attorney at Held & Hines, injured individuals can prove that their illness or condition was caused by a mistake made by the pharmaceutical company and hold them responsible for the damage that they caused. In winning a drug litigation case, injured individuals can receive financial compensation to better handle the medical bills and treatments necessary after damages and injury.