Too often, drug manufacturers are more concerned with their bottom line than with providing safe products to their customers. As a result, they produce pharmaceuticals and medical devices without first engaging in proper testing or by using fraudulent marketing practices. These actions by drug manufacturers result in the approval of drugs and medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the use of these products by doctors, often for uses other than those tested, and ultimately, in injuries to patients.
When you get a prescription from your physician, you believe it will be safe to use. But according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the medication need only have its benefits outweigh the risks for the population the drug is intended to treat. In other words, just because the FDA placed a drug into the stream of commerce, does not mean it is harmless or really safe.
For example, many doctors are encouraged to prescribe drugs for off-label uses. While off-label use of prescription drugs is a common occurrence, it can lead to increased occurrence of harmful side effects while putting more money in the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies. Often drugs have not been tested for effectiveness on these off-label uses and may lead to increased risk without knowledge of their actual effectiveness.
Should I Seek a Pharmaceutical Attorney?
Despite how clear it may seem to you that a prescription drug caused you or a loved one to suffer a pharmaceutical injury, any type of litigation is very complex. Pharmaceutical companies invest a lot of money and time into vigorously fighting any type of legal claim made against them.
What Can I Do About a Drug Injury?
If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering or has suffered an injury related to a drug, the first and most important thing to do is to inform your doctor and seek medical assistance .
Once the medical condition is under control, the next step is to make sure that you gather and safeguard all of your medical documentation. Keep any containers and make a note of the pharmacies where you had your prescriptions filled.
Next, it is important to promptly seek legal advice for any potential drug injury claim. When it comes to lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers, our firm provides unyielding determination in fighting their misdoings.
Raizner Slania is experienced in handling pharmaceutical lawsuits from start to finish, and will work with you each step of the way. Our pharmaceutical attorneys have been leaders in important nationwide litigation against large and powerful corporations such as drug companies, and some of our lawyers have even represented pharmaceutical giants in the past, giving us valuable insight into their tactics. If you or a loved one has suffered pharmaceutical injuries from the use of a prescription drug, you may contact our office for a free consultation.