Dangerous & Defective Drugs
Cranston & Edwards PLLC – Morgantown, WV Trial Attorneys
Each year, thousands of innocent people die as a result of taking dangerous and defective prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It is important to remember that even though a medication is approved for the market by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no guarantee that the drug is safe. These drugs represent a significant financial investment for all involved in their production. Therefore, they may be rushed into development, marketed unethically, and sold solely for the profit of shareholders without regard to potential danger. These dangerous drugs may have only been tested for an insufficient period of time by a small sampling of volunteers in a carefully controlled laboratory environment unlike the lives we live on a daily basis. As we see the extreme side effects scroll by on advertisements and commercials, we may wonder, “are these drugs really safe?” Increasingly, we are discovering that many medications are not safe.
Serious Side Effects, Contamination, Manufacturing and Labeling Errors
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of taking a dangerous drug, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for your losses. Government regulatory agencies mandate that strict guidelines be followed when a pharmaceutical company develops, tests, and markets any type of drug. If a pharmaceutical company fails to uphold these guidelines and produces an unsafe and unreliable substance, the company can be held liable for significant financial damages. Cranston & Edwards PLLC works for those who have experienced serious side effects, medical conditions, illnesses, or have otherwise been injured or killed by these harmful substances.
- Off-Label Prescribing
- Manufacturing Errors
- Labeling Errors
- Misleading/Confusing Directions
- Undisclosed Dangerous Side Effects
- Insufficient Testing of the Drug
Drug Manufacturer, Doctor, and Pharmacist Responsibility for Injuries
Because the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the drug, extensive testing for safety and side effects should be completed before the drug is submitted to the FDA for approval. In addition, your doctor and pharmacist should take the proper steps to help ensure that the drug is safe for you to take. This is particularly important if you take other medications because a dangerous interaction or catastrophic injury could occur. Before your pharmacist releases the drug to you, they must ensure that the correct medication is being provided at the indicated dosage. Many things can go wrong when taking prescription medications, but each individual throughout the supply chain who handles the drug is legally responsible for their own role in providing you with a safe drug that heals, rather than harms.
If you believe you have a prescription drug litigation claim, contact Cranston & Edwards PLLC for a free case evaluation. If we accept your case, we will advance all fees and handle your claim on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we recover on your behalf. Call now to schedule: 304-296-3500.