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Pharmaceutical companies put a premium on marketing medications, including drugs and medical devices. These drugs are intended to treat a specific disease or condition, but when things go wrong, the end result can be devastating. When the drug or medical device causes serious injury or death to the patient, it is sometimes labeled a dangerous or defective drug.
Manufacturers are often aware of the harmful side effects of their drugs, but some of them do nothing to inform the consumer. They may continue to sell the drug or medical device rather than voluntary pulling it from the market. This is because recalling a drug or device can cost a company millions, if not billions, of dollars. Unfortunately, product safety sometimes takes a back seat to profits.
The United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration) not only regulates and approves the distribution of a drug or device, it has the power to issue alerts to pharmaceutical companies, including name brand and generic manufacturers, mandating them to inform physicians and pharmacists of serious side effects or requiring warnings for their drugs. The FDA can also require a warning, such as a “black box” warning, to make it more noticeable to consumers and their healthcare providers.
The FDA’s website allows consumers to research whether their medications can have serious side effects, whether their medications have a “black box” warning, or whether they have been recalled by the manufacturer. More information can be found on the FDA’s consumer website at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRES/res.cfm.
If you or a loved one experienced a serious injury or death that you believe was related to a dangerous drug, or if a prescription drug you were taking has been withdrawn from the market by the FDA, please seek advice from a legal expert. Oliver Law Office offers you more than 27 years of experience and is a top-rated law firm championing the rights of consumers and patients throughout Ohio and nationwide.
As a dangerous drugs and product liability attorney in Columbus, Ohio and the Columbus metropolitan area, Oliver Law Office can provide you with legal options, including litigation. Please call or email us for a free consultation. Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.