In today’s world we have medications that save lives, extend life, and vastly improve quality of life in ways we could barely imagine just a few decades ago. Unfortunately, we also put our faith in drugs which turn out to be dangerous or defective, causing serious injuries and death. If you have been harmed by a medication, please talk to an Ohio defective drug lawyer of The Thompson Law Firm today.
Understanding Defective Drugs
The bottom line, regarding defective drugs, is that the pharmaceutical companies put profits above people. Dangerous and defective drugs gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a regular basis, often because the drug makers hide unfavorable results of studies and trials.
The unsuspecting public has become the collective guinea pig for far too many drugs. The test is not only the safety and efficacy of the medications, but whether the drug companies can release dangerous and deadly drugs and still profit from them after paying for the lawsuits that result from the harm they cause.
Examples of Defective Drugs
A short list of examples of defective drugs includes:
- Gadolinium (MRI contrast agent)
- Darvon & Darvocet
- SSRI’s (antidepressants)
- Yaz & Yasmin
- Ortho Evra
Defective but Not Recalled
Some defective drugs are recalled, but most are not. Drug makers have a duty to warn doctors and consumers about the potential side effects their drug can cause. An inadequate warning label is, in itself, a defect.
Often, when the FDA becomes aware of a side effect or danger of a particular drug it will allow the medication to stay on the market, but require a stronger warning label or restrictions on who the drug can be prescribed to.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug in Ohio, please call a defective drug lawyer of The Thompson Law Firm at 1-614-461-9000 or toll free 1-800-461-9013 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.