Dangerous Drugs Lawsuit
Have you been injured or lost a loved one due to a dangerous drug or defective medical device? Don’t let this injustice go unpunished. You may be entitled to compensation a LARGE financial settlement from the liable manufacturer. To receive immediate legal assistance, call Wilshire Law Firm toll-free today at (800) 522-7274. We offer FREE consultations and you don’t have to pay us ANYTHING unless we recover. Our dedicated legal team is ready to fight for you!
Irresponsible Drug Companies Hurt, Not Heal, Innocent Victims
All drug manufacturers have the duty to run adequate tests before submitting the drug for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to include any potential side effects and warnings on the label. They also have the duty to promote their products for FDA-approved purposes only, not “off-brand” purposes.
Unfortunately, some companies fail in these duties, sometimes due to an oversight, other times out of the desire to increase profits – and innocent victims end up paying the price. A drug defect can occur in several ways:
- FDA loopholes such as the 501 (K) approval process. This special rule allows for a medical device to receive fast-tracked approval with minimal testing if there is an existing approved product on the market. Examples include metal hip replacement products and transvaginal mesh products.
- Regulatory gaps. While the FDA has broad authority to regulate medications, even their powers are limited. Some dishonest manufacturers take advantage of these regulatory gaps to sell potentially dangerous products to the public.
- Undisclosed dangerous side effects. One study found that more than half of drug reps push their product onto doctors without giving them full information, including about side effects. Patients, in turn, are not aware of the risks of the medications they are taking.
- Insufficient testing for long-term effects. Drug testing does not reveal all possible side effects in every case. Some drugs may produce long-term problems that do not arise till years or even decades down the line.
- Off-label prescribing. The practice of prescribing drugs for off-label use is not against the law, but it can expose patients to ineffective, risky, or even deadly treatments.
A Defective Medical Device Can Contribute to a Lifetime of PainWhile medical devices have revolutionized health care, they can have disastrous consequences when defective. Victims are often left with long term conditions that adversely affect quality of life, and some even die as a result.
Although manufacturers do not create devices with the intention of hurting patients, they assume responsibility for their products, like any other business entity. When a medical device is discovered to be defective, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to inform the FDA and the public about the defect and any potential risks that may arise. If this is not done in a timely fashion, it can constitute an act of negligence.
Instead of recalling a faulty device, some manufacturers try to cover up the problem and keep their product on the shelves of medical supply stores and hospitals, causing further harm. By the time the FDA issues a recall, it’s already too late for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. Even with repeated revision surgeries, patients may be left in a worse condition, whether financially or physically or both.
Bringing Justice against Medical Manufacturers
Shockingly enough, many producers of drugs and medical devices assign a significant portion of their budgets to paying off lawsuits. In other words, they treat patient injuries and deaths as eventualities. Don’t let these companies that prioritize profits above patients get away with their negligence.
Contact Wilshire Law Firm today and let us fight aggressively to get you justice. Our award-winning, AV Preeminent-rated attorneys have decades of combined experience plus top-of-the-line case management and investigation resources. Also, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid until you do. So why delay? Call us today at (800) 522-7274 and get started on the road to recovery.