Are we and overmedicated society? Is America prescribing too many drugs? Does the U.S. have a drug recall problem? Seven out of ten or 70% Americans take at least one prescription drug according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic Study. And more than half take two predications and 20% take at least five prescription medications. A Brigham and Women’s Hospital study shows that drug recalls happen frequently, about once every month and that the FDA shows 1,734 drug recalls from 2004-2011.
Despite years of testing and approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), drugs are often sold that are defective or cause serious injuries. Defective drugs can cause death or life altering injuries. Pharmaceutical companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars in researching and promoting their products to obtain a return on their investment. This often leads to drugs reaching “Blockbuster” status with annual sales of over $1 billion dollars.
Unfortunately, in the wake of profits there are cases where the drugs were over promoted through marketing resulting in the drugs being prescribed, or sought out by patients, for use in circumstances that were not FDA approved. This is called “off label.” Any non-FDA approved use is “off label” and may result in unwanted side effects or injuries.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing attorneys are presently prosecuting and investigating, several drugs that were marketed or used off-label in patient populationsincluding:
Drugs can also be defective in the manufacture failing to warn of known risks or in their failing to disclose information to prescribers and patients. Known side effects, or risks play a role in the decision making individuals undertake before taking a drug. Accepting risks or side effects as a potential consequence of taking a drug can only be evaluated if the risks are disclosed to both prescriber and patient.
Our law firm is actively investigating and representing individuals that have suffered injuries from use of defective drugs in circumstances where risks were not disclosed or published by the manufacturer:
The Food and Drug Administration provides a list of recalled drugs and medications at: www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugRecalls/default.htm. Another resource is Public Citizen. Public Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. The team works for research-based, system-wide changes in health care policy, with a primary focus on working to ban or re-label unsafe or ineffective drugs and to encouraging greater transparency and accountability in the drug approval process at www.worstpills.org/.
Our product liability attorneys help individuals and family members of loved ones who have been injured or killed as a result of a dangerous or defective drug, whether over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Proving a direct relationship between a drug and an injury can be very difficult and complex. Our law firm has the experience, tools, technology, and resources to help you seek justice.
We have handled many defective drug, defective medical device, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death cases. We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our consultations with defective drug and medication clients are free. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs of suit if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. We advance the costs of your case, too, so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.