Dangerous Drug Attorneys in New York City
Defective over-the-counter drugs or prescription medications can at times cause injury, resulting in catastrophic outcomes and years of hardships. Our team of defective drug attorneys at Douglas & London in New York, NY, have fought large drug and pharmaceutical companies, medical facilities, and other responsible parties to ensure our clients receive proper compensation during these difficult times. Defective drugs make it to market for many reasons, and it is almost always due to the manufacturer’s negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a defective drug, reach out online or call to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers, free of charge.
Current Drug Injury Litigation
Douglas & London can determine your eligibility for filing a bad drug lawsuit. With an established legal team in your corner, you can pursue the compensation necessary to reimburse your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as damages for pain, emotional suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Our lawyers are currently investigating claims involving:
- Belviq – weight loss drug
- Elmiron – for bladder pain syndrome
- Uloric – gout treatment
- Valsartan – treats blood pressure
Experienced Advocacy in Pharmaceutical Lawsuit Claims
Douglas & London is well-versed in dangerous drug litigation. Our firm has played a pivotal role in national litigation involving pharmaceutical products such as Yaz and Zyprexa, and also handles a broad range of claims arising from defective medical devices that failed prematurely, malfunctioned, or were recalled.
We believe that pharmaceutical companies that put profits over consumer safety should be held accountable for their transgressions. For many of these multinational titans, global settlements and civil penalties are considered the cost of doing business. When you or a loved one have suffered grave side effects or injury because of a medication that was negligently designed or manufactured, a New York dangerous drug lawyer can help level the playing field. The attorneys of Douglas & London have secured millions in restitution for injured clients, and stand prepared to advocate on your behalf.
The unfortunate reality is that the current process of prescription drug design, manufacture, and approval in the U.S. has several loopholes that allow unvetted products to reach the market. Douglas & London helps clients face these complicated legal cases with confidence.
How Dangerous Medications Reach the Public
Potentially dangerous medications can and do gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through several unscrupulous means. Drug companies have been caught submitting misleading information about safety trials, and some manufacturers have even gone so far as to conceal the actual results of their human and animal studies. In other cases, a manufacturer may falsely market a drug for an off-label purpose, which is unapproved by federal health regulators.
Although the FDA monitors and regulates all drugs manufactured and marketed, the process of eventually removing the drug from the market is often slow and tedious. When reports of severe side effects or deaths emerge, the FDA typically reviews the reports and may require additional testing and trials of the drug. With sufficient evidence, the FDA then requires additional warnings added to medication packaging. A black box label is designed to call the user’s attention to the product’s most serious risks and side effects, but for thousands of Americans, this cautionary language comes much too late.
Many consumer advocates label the FDA drug recall process haphazard and ineffective, since the FDA generally relies on the manufacturers to self-report serious problems such as:
- Increased risk of serious health complications
- Manufacturing defects
- Lack of sterility in manufacturing
Pharmaceutical companies earn billions in global revenue and have tremendous incentive to get their products to market as quickly as possible. This means that adverse side effects are sometimes downplayed, or new ingredients aren’t rigorously tested. In the end, it is always the patients who suffer, since they are not empowered with information about the drug’s safety or possible risks.
When a manufacturer’s negligence in design, manufacture, or marketing causes serious injuries, they may be held liable under theories of product liability. Victims may be entitled to sue the maker of a dangerous drug, regardless if it has been subject to a recall.
Injuries Caused by Defective Drugs
There is a wide variety of potential injuries that can occur because of a dangerous medication, ranging from moderate to life-altering. If you or a loved one developed serious health complications after taking a medication, do not wait to contact Douglas & London. We provide aggressive representation with the goal of holding manufacturers accountable for injuries such as:
- Adverse reactions with other drugs
- Blood clots
- Kidney and liver damage
- Pulmonary embolism
- Gall bladder disease
- Heart attack or stroke
- Congestive heart failure
- Increased cancer risk
- Vision loss, retinal maculopathy
Although there are some instances in which the manufacturer voluntarily recalls the drug, in most cases, the FDA is the one to pull the medication off the market. Some notable drug recalls include:
- Valsartan, Losartan, and Irbesartan, all popular hypertension medications, have had batches recalled because of impurities that could increase cancer risk.
Damaging Effects on Innocent Victims
While the most extreme result of a defective drug is death, other complications can have long-lasting effects for the patient and his or her family. Babies who suffered birth defects due to a medication the mother took during pregnancy may develop lasting cognitive or physical impairments – conditions that can have a major emotional and financial impact on the child and the family.
After suffering adverse effects from a negligently manufactured drug, many patients require extensive medical care, including surgeries, which results in mounting medical bills. In some cases, a patient may require long-term care, which can place a heavy financial burden on the family.
When you hire a mass tort lawyer at Douglas & London, you can rest assured your counsel knows their way around pharmaceutical multi-district litigation and can fight for your right to fair compensation.
Speak to a Dangerous Drug Lawyer
According to recent statistics, nearly half of the U.S. population takes one or more prescription drugs on a daily basis, and the average person takes at least four. While there is no denying the life-improving value of modern pharmaceuticals, there are some drugs that have caused serious injury or even death, resulting in devastating consequences for those affected.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury caused by a defective drug, contact Douglas & London in New York, NY, to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. From initial investigations through settlement negotiations or trial, we help clients navigate drug injury litigation with the aim of maximizing their compensation.