Studies show that around 82 percent of all Americans take at least one medication every day, with millions using herbal remedies, dietary supplements, vitamins, and over-the-counter drugs daily to promote health, relieve pain, treat infections, and manage diseases. All new over-the-counter drugs, generic drugs, and name-brand drugs must get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before being marketed and sold to the public. Although requirements and standards for drug approval are high, many medications and drugs have caused severe, life-threatening side effects, disability, or death.
When approving a drug, the FDA is certifying that its risks are less than its benefits. Unfortunately, clinical trials often only involve small groups of people, so adverse and dangerous side effects may not be discovered until the medication has been distributed to thousands of people. Defective drugs, inadequate warnings of hazards and side effects, mislabeling, problems with drug testing, and mistakes in manufacturing can lead to catastrophic injuries, and sometimes even death.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a drug or over-the-counter medication, you may be entitled to compensation through a pharmaceutical lawsuit. The Allegheny County pharmaceutical cases attorneys at the SMA Law Group can help you navigate a claim with our advanced knowledge of the complex laws surrounding medical malpractice and drug liability cases. Contact us online or call us 24/7 at 1-888-976-2529 for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Determining Who’s Responsible for Drug Safety
Drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies are responsible for making sure their products are reasonably safe and work the way they’re intended. They have a duty to inspect and test the safety of their products and warn consumers about possible drug interactions, contraindications, hazards, and side effects.
700,000 adverse drug events occur each year, despite the stringent standards that medications must meet, resulting in 120,000 hospitalizations in that time. Defective and dangerous drugs can cause severe injuries including:
- Blood disorders
- Internal bleeding
- Kidney and liver failure
- Brain damage
- Heart attacks
Medications can be dangerous due to their design and formulation, as well as errors in the labeling or manufacturing processes. The drugs themselves are not always to blame. Sometimes your doctor doesn’t properly label your medication or prescribes multiple drugs that interact. When mixed with alcohol, other medications, or even some foods, certain drugs can cause injury or death. In these cases, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice.
How an Allegheny County Pharmaceutical Cases Attorney at SMA Law Can Help
If you or a loved one has been wrongfully killed or catastrophically injured due to a dangerous or defective medication, the experienced legal team at the SMA Law Group can help guide you through this difficult time. We believe that pharmaceutical manufacturers must be held liable for negligence and errors that cause unjustifiable pain and hardship.
We know your situation is unique and we’re prepared to face the complexities of the law and recover compensation for our clients for a vast array of liability claims. With years of experience, we advocate for consumer and patient protection while taking on the world’s top drug companies for causing devastating injuries. It’s not right for pharmaceutical companies to put profit over consumer health and safety, and we will fight on your behalf to get the compensation you’re owed.