The term “defective drug” is generally defined as a pharmaceutical product that has risks that far outweigh the benefits derived from its consumption. In most instances, defective drugs can be obtained either over-the-counter or via prescription and have been determined to possess either dangerous side effects to the user or were not fully developed prior to being released on the retail market. With hundreds of new drugs being released onto the market in the U.S. each year, it’s important for consumers to be aware of the risks associated with any medication prior to taking it, which can often be accomplished by simply talking to their doctor. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective drug, that victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries – including any costs associated with the repair, recovery and rehabilitation of the injury.
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Known Dangerous Drugs
Due to the highly competitive nature of the pharmaceutical industry, many manufacturers rush drugs onto the market in an attempt to capitalize on any emerging or existing illnesses or diseases that have not been effectively treated by existing products. Unfortunately, many of these products are released without comprehensive testing, and the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) often permits this with only a request that a disclaimer be added to any packaging or advertising material, often causing many consumers that are hoping to benefit from a medication to end up in far worse condition. With this in mind, some common defective drugs and medical products include:
|Drug Name||Drug Manufacturer|
|Cordarone||Wyeth Pharms Inc|
|Finasteride||Merck & Co|
|Fosamax||Merck & Co|
|Hydroxycut||Iovate Health Services|
|NuvaRing||Merck & Co|
|Pradaxa||Boehringer Ingleheim Pharmaceuticals|
|Vioxx||Merck & Co|
|Yasmin||Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals|
|Yaz||Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals|
…amongst many others. With many of these products earning their designers and manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars, pharmaceutical companies will often vigorously defend their products in order to protect their financial interests. By enlisting the services of a knowledgeable defective drug attorney, the rights of the individual can be aggressively pursued through either mediation or in a court of law.
Symptoms of a Negative Reaction to a Pharmaceutical Product
While there can be many different side effects to using a pharmaceutical product, there are some common symptoms that users may experience. Some of these include:
- Psychological changes
- Suicidal behavior
- Severe respiratory problems (including asthma attacks)
- Central nervous system problems
- Cardiac arrest
- Birth defects
- Severe depression
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Gastrointestinal disorders (Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, Inflammatory bowel disease)
- Skin irritation and rashes
….just to name a few. If you or someone you love has fallen ill due to the consumption of a defective drug, that person may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. Contact us today to find out more.