You may wonder why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows dangerous drugs to enter the market. Isn’t it their job to keep dangerous drugs off the market? The answer is yes, but it is not that simple.
Often when a drug is tested by a drug manufacturer, the group of people taking the drug during its trials is not from a large sample of the population, so serious side effects may go unnoticed by the manufacturer. Also, it is common that a drug can become approved for one disease and the drug company may decide to convince doctors to prescribe the drug for another disease, or off label use. Additionally, sometimes a drug company may decide not to change a drug’s warning labels because they fear this will hurt the sale of the drug, so they decide to ignore the adverse reaction reports that may come in. Unfortunately, drug companies are large and often very wealthy corporations that are sometimes more concerned about their profits than they are about the people who take their drugs.
At least half of all Americans are prescribed drugs, and use of medication tends to increase with age. One in six Americans take three or more prescription medications. While prescriptions have benefits and risks, some of the serious risks may not be disclosed to you, or the manufacturers sometimes market drugs for uses that were not approved by the FDA.
FDA - Food and Drug Administration
The FDA is an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA regulates food, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, biologics, and blood products. In regards to drugs, the FDA can either approve or reject drugs that manufacturers market, and must screen for the dangerous side effects of drugs. The FDA is also responsible for monitoring drug safety. Over the last 10 years, there have been numerous lawsuits against drug manufacturers despite the FDA’s screening and approval process. With the increase in the use of prescription drugs and the dangerous risks they could cause, it is important for individuals to know their rights.
PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DISCONTINUING THE USE OF ANY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
An RI Dangerous Drug Lawyer who handles these types of cases can determine whether the drug you have taken has an inadequate warning on it. If a drug has caused you to sustain a serious injury, you may have a claim and/or lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. An experienced lawyer or law firm can also make sure you are compensated for your injuries. In most instances, a person injured from a defective or dangerous drug will be able to collect for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. If a loved one has died as a result of a dangerous drug then the survivors may have a wrongful death claim and could be entitled to compensation for the loss of their loved one.
Contact the Law Offices of d'Oliveira & Associates
The injury and disability attorneys as well as the dedicated support staff at d’Oliveira & Associates are ready to help you with your case. Listed above are just some of the dangerous drugs that may cause adverse effects. If you have taken any of the drugs mentioned on our website and have experienced any of the injuries associated with their use, please contact us in regards to a potential lawsuit.
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