Doctors prescribe medications and drugs to their patients to help reduce pain as well as the symptoms of chronic conditions. For example, people with diabetes may take a prescription drug to keep their blood sugar at a normal level while someone who had been in a car accident may take medication until the physical pain subsides.
Unfortunately, some drugs can cause such severe side effects that the patient’s condition gets worse instead of better. Other times that drugs cause harm is when one drug has a negative interaction with another drug the patient already takes or when a doctor prescribes it for off-label purposes. Off-label means that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug but not to treat the patient’s specific condition.
You are entitled to seek financial compensation if you or a close family member have sustained an injury due to a prescription drug by hiring a dangerous drugs attorney. You may also have a valid wrongful death claim if a family member passed away due to a dangerous prescription drug.
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According to the FDA, it receives approximately four million complaints about dangerous drugs every year. Of these complaints, 117,000 people had to be hospitalized due to the effects of a bad drug. When you retain a drug injury lawyer, your lawsuit could go against the prescribing doctor, the drug manufacturer, a healthcare practitioner who gave you the wrong dosage of a drug, or a pharmacist who confused your prescription with that of another patient. These errors are negligence that should have been avoided. When you use a drug exactly as it is prescribed, you should never suffer a serious or even life-threatening reaction.
Drug manufacturers are responsible for testing a new drug multiple times and obtaining clearance from the FDA before releasing the product for public use. When applying for FDA approval, the manufacturer must provide proof of clinical testing and drug trials. The FDA reviews this information carefully as part of the approval process.
Healthcare consumers understand that nearly every drug has side effects. The FDA will likely approve a drug if it feels that it provides more benefit than harm. However, it is up to the drug manufacturer to disclose all potential issues that could arise from taking the drug to allow people to make an informed decision about its benefits vs. risks. Some manufacturers fail in this regard or the FDA releases a drug before enough studies have been conducted to determine its actual degree of risk.
The current system of drug manufacturing and approval has several gaps that allow dangerous products to get into the hands of healthcare consumers. The 501(k) approval process by the FDA is one such loophole. This program allows fast-track approval for medical devices if a similar approved product is already on the market. This fails to consider that some approved products could be dangerous even though the FDA has not yet ordered an involuntary recall. Some products associated with large class action lawsuits, including the transvaginal mesh and metal-on-metal hip replacement products, gained initial FDA approval through this loophole.
Gaps in regulation can also lead to dangerous drugs and devices in the medical marketplace. Compounding pharmacies, which originally sprang up to mix drug ingredients to create a product for a patient for whom no other drug was available, are the perfect example of harmful regulatory gaps. Small, local prescription drug authorities regulate compounding pharmacies and not the FDA. Compounding pharmacies grew over time, producing drugs in mass quantities to deal with rising drug costs as well as shortages. Because the FDA had no authority to stop them, the result was a meningitis outbreak that killed 50 and left more than 700 seriously ill.
Drug representatives eager to make a sale may not disclose all potential side effects to a doctor. The doctor trusts the recommendation and prescribes the medication to patients without fully understanding its potential for harm. Sales representatives for drug companies may also persuade doctors to prescribe certain drugs for off-label purposes. Gabapentin is a primary example of this. The drug, originally manufactured and approved for the control of seizures, is now prescribed to patients for a host of other ailments.
Some drug manufacturers will rush through the testing phase to get the product to market as quickly as possible. This is an ineffective approach because some drugs require long-term safety testing as side effects are not always immediate.
Any type of drug or medical device has the potential to become the subject of a bad drug lawsuit. It has been our experience that people seek the assistance of a drug attorney most often for these types of products:
If you have been asking yourself what is dangerous drugs, it is likely that you or a loved one have suffered due to the negligent actions of someone in the medical or manufacturing fields. Your options include working with a dangerous drug attorney to file an individual lawsuit or joining a class-action lawsuit. In the latter case, you would join a plaintiff’s action with hundreds or thousands of other people injured by the same drug or device and split the winning proceeds.
A successful lawsuit against a doctor, pharmacist, drug manufacturer, or other responsible parties will provide you with the funds you need to pay medical expenses and reimburse you for lost wages. It could also provide you with subjective damages such as pain and suffering.
We help people who have been harmed as a result of unsafe drugs. We handle cases involving injuries from many different drugs, such as:
DPP-4 inhibitors — or dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors — are used in patients with Type II diabetes. Concerning symptoms include severe and persistent joint pain, which may arise anywhere from 1 day to 1 year after beginning treatment.
SGLT2 inhibitors are used in patients with Type II diabetes. Possible adverse events include:
Several drugs used to treat different types of Hep C have been associated with potential adverse risks, including:
We also handle cases involving injuries from many other drugs, including:
Based in Manhattan, the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm serves individuals and families of those injured in all five boroughs of New York City, and throughout the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Contact us any time for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured. We are here to help, please call us today and we’ll do whatever we can to help you 212-869-3500.