Our team has 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 (212) 566-7500 to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers.
About Defective Drugs
Defective drugs are medications that have serious adverse side effects. In some cases, a defective drug can result in death. Some drugs can have immediate effects, while others can cause damage that can take several years to become apparent. 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 emerge, the FDA typically reviews the reports and may require additional testing and trials of the drug. With sufficient evidence, the FDA will issue warnings and require additional warnings added to drug labels. Black box labels declare the most serious of potential side effects, and are the last warning before the FDA pulls the drug from the market.
Our attorneys have secured millions in restitution for their injured clients.
These dangerous drugs often make it to market due to a lack of trials and testing by the manufacturer. Some manufacturers have even gone so far as to conceal the actual results of their trials and tests. In other cases, a manufacturer may falsely market a drug for an unapproved purpose. When a manufacturer acts negligently and a defective drug causes serious injuries, we provide aggressive representation to hold that manufacturer accountable.
Common Defective Drug Injuries
There is a wide variety of potential injuries that can occur because of a defective drug, ranging from moderate to severe. Some of the most common and severe injuries associated with defective drugs include:
- Serious interactions with another drug
- Birth defects
- Heart attack or stroke
- Congestive heart failure
- Blood clots and pulmonary embolism
Although there are some instances in which the manufacturer voluntarily recalls the drug, in most cases, the FDA is the one to issue the recall and pull the drug off the market. Some recent drug recalls include:
- Vioxx, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and prescription pain medication, manufactured by Merck. Recalled in 2004, after it had been associated with more than 38,000 deaths.
- Accutane is an acne medication manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals. Although it was never officially recalled, the manufacturer stopped producing it in 2009. The drug had been associated with birth defects, suicidal thoughts, depression, and Crohn’s disease.
Lasting Effects of Defective Drugs
While the most serious adverse effect of a defective drug is death, other serious side effects can have a long lasting effect for the patient and his or her family. Children who suffered birth defects due to a medication the mother took during pregnancy may develop physical or mental impairments. These conditions can have a serious emotional and financial impact on the child and the family.
After suffering adverse effects from a defective 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 work with the defective drug attorneys at Douglas & London in New York, NY, we can fight for your right to fair and just compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In instance of defective drugs causing injury and other losses to large number of victims, our firm can coordinate a mass tort.