Drug Litigation Lawsuits
Have You Been Harmed By a Dangerous Drug?
Dangerous prescription drugs have become a major problem in the United States, leading the FDA to crack down on the marketing and manufacturing of harmful new drugs. However, due to billions in profit, pharmaceutical companies continue to release drugs with undisclosed side effects that can cause incredible harm. For example, Accutane was an anti-acne treatment that was taken off the market in 2009 for allegedly causing Crohn’s disease, liver damage, and severe birth defects.
At The Buxner Law Firm, we understand that this time in your life may be difficult, but with the assistance of a highly-experienced legal professional from our team, you could secure a favorable resolution to your situation. Our firm has extensive knowledge of the Missouri state and federal laws pertaining to pharmaceuticals, and we use our experience to help ensure you receive compensation for the injuries that you have sustained.
Identifying Liable Parties in Dangerous Drug Cases
Proving liability in a defective drug case can be a complex process because there can be various causes of harm. Defective drugs can be the root cause, making the manufacturer or marketer of the drugs liable. For example, in 2007 the marketing company for an antipsychotic called Abilify paid a $515 million settlement for advertising it for unauthorized uses. Manufacturers have a responsibility to advertise responsibly.
However, drug harm can also be caused through misuse or misinformation. Nurses and doctors are required to inform their patients of the side-effects of their drugs, as well as provide detailed instructions on their use. If patients suffer harm because they were not informed about their drugs, the medical staff is responsible.
Still more parties can be held liable. Pharmacists, for one, are required to keep track of existing prescriptions you’re taking, making sure your drug interactions are not harmful. When they overlook this step, patients can pay dearly for their negligence. Please contact us if you have been injured by your prescription drugs.
Depending on the specifics of your case, one or more of the following could be held liable:
- The marketer of the drug
- The manufacturer of the drug
- The doctor who prescribed the drug
- The Food and Drug Administration for a rushed approval
- The pharmacist who failed to acknowledge drug interactions or made an error that led to harm
Because drugs follow a complex path from approval to your treatment, tracking who is liable can be difficult. Thankfully, in 2013 President Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act. This law creates an electronic system that tracks and identifies the distribution of prescription drugs in the U.S. Within 10 years, it will be far easier to identify at-fault parties when it comes to harm caused by prescription drugs.
Of course, no two cases are the same, and any drug could potentially be harmful, so it is important that you partner with a lawyer to work toward the best possible resolution for your case. When you work with our firm, we will take all necessary steps to protect your rights and quickly resolve your legal complications.
Trusted Representation from Skilled Attorneys
At our firm, we are proud to provide outstanding legal representation to our clients who are facing the painful side effects of defective drugs. We know that you may have questions or concerns, so we stand ready to ensure that you receive a favorable resolution to your case.
For more information about how The Buxner Law Firm can help you, contact our firm and schedule a free, in-office, 30-minute consultation with our team today!