Only a handful of prescription medications are approved by the FDA each year. In that same amount of time, the agency typically recalls more than 1,000 drugs. Recalls are issued to address health and safety risks posed by pharmaceutical drugs that had previously been approved for use. These recalls can help to prevent future harm, but do not address injuries that consumers have already suffered. Have you been injured or harmed because of a recalled medication? Did you experience harmful side effects that weren’t disclosed by the drug’s manufacturer? Has your injury forced you to seek expensive medical treatment and/or miss time at work? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. Pharmaceutical companies can be liable for injuries caused by their defective products. Call our San Diego drug recall attorneys to schedule your free case assessment and learn more.
Drug Recall Cases We HandleSometimes drugs aren’t properly tested before they’re sold and prescribed to patients. Testing helps to ensure that medications are safe and that any risks are properly identified. Those risks must then be passed along to consumers so that you can make informed decisions about which medications you take. When companies rush products to market they put consumers’ lives at risk. At Injury Trial Lawyers, our attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if you have been injured because of a recalled drug. We are prepared to handle cases involving any dangerous prescription drugs, including:
- Zyprexa, and more.
Drug Recalls in San DiegoThe FDA is presented with thousands of drug approval applications each year. Only a small fraction of these will get the stamp of approval. However, the sheer volume of requests makes the FDA’s job pretty hard. It’s difficult for the agency to comb through each request with the care and attention it deserves. Pharmaceutical companies are trusted to put their drugs through rigorous clinical testing procedures. Unfortunately, these companies tend to be more interested in profits than patient health. As a result, companies cut corners and take shortcuts that speed up the testing process. They know the FDA is bogged down and unlikely to give the request the thorough assessment it deserves. This is how some dangerous drugs get into consumers hands. Once drugs are approved for use by the FDA they are still monitored. When the FDA believes that a drug may pose a threat to consumers health or safety, it has the authority to issue a recall. A drug recall may be issued if:
- The drug isn’t effective
- Patients report new and/or undisclosed side effects
- Drug packaging is damaged or mislabeled
- There are contamination concerns
- The drug is contraindicated with other drugs
- There are questions about the drug’s purity, potency, or quality, or
- The agency receives multiple reports of dangers relating to a single drug.
Drug Recalls and LiabilityDrug recalls are typically issued after consumers are already injured or harmed. There are two things you need to know about how a drug recalls may affect a personal injury lawsuit. First, drug recalls do not shield pharmaceutical companies from liability for harm caused by their products. You do have the right to file a lawsuit for damages if you were injured because of the recalled drug. Most drug recall lawsuits will argue that:
- The drug was inherently dangerous because of its design
- The drug was dangerous or defective because of the way it was manufactured, or
- You were injured because the company failed to provide adequate warnings about potential risks.
Health Threats Posed By Dangerous DrugsWe rely on prescription medications to keep us healthy and safe. When drugs are rushed through the FDA approval process, the risk of unknown side effects or potential for dangerous interactions with other substances are unknown. This puts patients in serious jeopardy. Thousands of prescription medications are recalled every year, for a variety of reasons. Health risks that may be associated with a recalled drug include:
- Neurological problems
- Psychological problems
- Allergic reactions
- Birth defects
- Organ failure (i.e. kidney, liver, heart)
- Paralysis, or