Any prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological or emotional injury is known as a “defective drug.” Using or consuming a defective drug can cause serious injury.
In many cases, it takes years to determine that a drug has a defect and people who have taken the drug have often suffered as a result.
Who is responsible for defective drugs?
Drug manufacturers are required to perform a number of tests before they are authorized to submit the drug to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. Included in a submission should be a list of possible side effects and warnings associated with taking the drug. The same side effects and warning are made available to consumers either on the drug’s label and, in the case of prescription drugs, through information provided by a healthcare professional.
Your doctors and pharmacists must ensure that the medications they provide patients with do not cause harm. Pharmacists need to provide correct dosages, while doctors are responsible for prescribing the best medication for the injury or illness and checking for possible drug interactions with other medications.
Manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors alike are held accountable for developing and dispensing defective drugs by product liability laws. Design flaws, manufacturing errors, and insufficient labels or warnings can all render a drug defective.
FDA Approval Does Not Guarantee a Drug is Safe
When the FDA investigates a potentially harmful drug, it aims to determine whether the side effects of the drug outweigh its intended benefits. If the FDA finds the drug to be dangerous, one of two things may happen: the drug is recalled or the manufacturer is required to add additional warnings on the labeling.
Shane M. Farnsworth is a Broward County Drug Defect Attorney. He understands how a drug defect can harm you and impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you were injured as the result of taking a defective drug, medical bills and lost time at work can pile up and cause unnecessary emotional distress.
Mr. Farnsworth will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injury and losses. Contact Florida Drug Defect Lawyer, Shane M. Farnsworth for your consultation today.