With the amount of people that regularly take prescription and over-the-counter medication it is obvious that there is a lot of money involved in the pharmaceutical industry. While there’s a lengthy procedure including many clinical trials to follow to get a drug approved to be sold in the U.S., sometimes unsafe drugs are still pushed onto the market.
A study done by the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that every year over 100,000 people die from correctly prescribed and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs and another 2.2 million are seriously harmed by drug side-effects. These are very worrisome numbers that can make anyone skeptical about the drug approval process.
Drug recalls, either by the FDA or the manufacturer, happen almost every day, usually after many people have already been taking the involved drug. If you have had your health impacted by a recalled drug, you most likely have grounds for a drug liability case. Having your health harmed, instead of improved, by taking bad medication can have serious consequences that can haunt you for the rest of your life.
Because many parties are involved in getting a drug to a consumer, drug liability cases are usually very complex. In cases where a drug was recalled, compensation will usually be sought from the manufacturer or testing laboratory. If however a drug has not been recalled, the case gets more complicated, and you might need to look at your doctor or pharmacy for compensation if for example they failed to warn you about potential side-effects or didn’t properly advise you on how to use the drug.
If you’ve been the victim of injury caused by medication, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer that can advise you on your case and can help you get compensated for incurred (medical) costs and lost wages. Get in touch with The Kyle Law Firm today to find out if you have valid grounds for a lawsuit.