If you are ill or recovering from a significant injury, you have likely been prescribed medication to help you recover. From pain management to fighting infection, these drugs are designed to meet a variety of medical needs. However, if the medicine is hazardous, it can cause more harm than good.
Drug dangers are not limited to the substance of the medication. It is also possible a poor design or marketing of medicine could cause serious health risks. If you suffered harm from an unsafe medication, our team of compassionate injury attorneys could help.
Our Columbus dangerous drugs lawyers can assist you with your case. If it is determined that the drug that caused you harm was defective, your attorney can help you pursue litigation against the manufacturer or anyone else that is responsible.
Why Are Dangerous Medications Released to the Public?
The fact that medications go through clinical trials and an approval process set up by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides some people with a false sense of security. The unfortunate reality is that previously approved medications regularly result in serious health issues.
There is tremendous pressure on both the labs that test these drugs, as well as on the FDA to approve medications quickly. For pharmaceutical companies, the window for a drug to remain profitable is relatively short. This means they will often aggressively push a product to market regardless if it is thoroughly tested or not.
A medication can be hazardous due to a lack of testing that results in only a small cross-section of the population trying the drug before approval. In some cases, demographics that were never tested could react far differently to medication than those in the trial. For example, elderly patients often react strongly to some drugs that younger patients tolerate easily. Our team of Columbus attorneys can investigate if a pharmaceutical company was aware of the dangers of their medication when they pushed it to market.
What are the Types of Prescription Drug Claims?
There are three types of prescription drug claims that an attorney could bring on behalf of a plaintiff. These include claims for manufacturing defects, dangerous side effects, and marketing errors.
A manufacturing defect could occur at any stage of the process, from the moment the drug is designed until the moment it reaches the consumer. These types of claims argue a mistake was made that rendered the drug unsafe. This could include anything from a dangerous design to the failure to safely manufacture the drug as intended.
Dangerous Side Effects
Most drugs have side effects outside of the primary purpose the medication is intended to fulfill. While some side effects are to be expected, extreme or unknown side effects could lead to serious medical injuries. If a pharmaceutical company skips the required testing, they could miss the harmful side effects present.
Even well-designed medication can be dangerous if not taken as intended. If the documentation or warnings that come with a drug are unclear, pharmaceutical companies can be responsible if someone mistakenly takes an unsafe dose. A marketing defect involves an omission or mistake in the warning label or instructions that prevent a patient from using the drug safely.
Discuss Your Options with a Columbus Dangerous Drugs Attorney
Regardless of the factors in your claim, you are entitled to seek compensation following injuries from a hazardous drug. Not only could this defective medication not treat your underlying issue, but it can also lead to other health complications.
You can hold the manufacturer responsible by filing a lawsuit with the help of our Columbus dangerous drugs lawyers. Schedule an initial consultation right away.