Drug Injury and Pharmaceutical Litigation
Our Columbia Injury Attorneys Know the Facts About Dangerous Drugs
Every year, doctors write approximately three billion prescriptions, and tens of millions of United States citizens use prescriptions as well as over the counter medications. Many individuals depend on the benefits of these medications, but there are several dangerous drugs and defective medical devices on the market still available for use by patients. Pharmaceutical companies continue to make significant profits, while consumers bear the costs of expensive medical bills to repair the damages to their health caused by harmful drugs. Companies should accept responsibility for their defective products. At Proffitt & Cox, we work to ensure victims get the justice they deserve for their suffering. Our Columbia injury lawyers provide pharmaceutical litigation support and experienced representation to those suffering from drug injuries as well as their families.
What You Should Know About Dangerous Drugs
As consumers, we want to believe that the medications we take are safe, but this is not always the case. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves medications and medical devices for public use and monitors their safety afterward, but this is often not enough to prevent patients from suffering injuries. The FDA recalls drugs and medical devices, but typically only after many patients have already suffered from serious side effects. The FDA still has not recalled many drugs and medical devices linked to widespread injuries, and the FDA states that managing risks from drug quality is the responsibility of drug manufacturers and the drug distribution chain. If big drug companies are to be held accountable for dangerous prescription drugs, it is often up to the patient to do so through pharmaceutical litigation.
Drug Injury Liability
Most defective drugs and medical products experience one or more flaws that can cause patients to suffer from serious injuries, including:
- Fundamentally defective or dangerous products – Medical products may be poorly designed, which may cause patients to suffer injuries. The manufacturing company that produces a defective drug may know that the design is flawed, or serious side effects may become known with further testing after the release of the product.
- Defectively manufactured products – Even if a drug or medical device is designed to be effective and safe, products may become tainted, or there may be an error during manufacturing, shipping, or labeling.
- Inappropriately marketed products – If the manufacturer fails to provide appropriate warnings, instructions or recommendations for patients, the drug maker may be liable for patient injuries. Drug manufacturers may overstate the intended uses of their products, which can lead to severe harm as well.
Our South Carolina Injury Attorneys Fight for Compensation for Drug Injury Victims
If a drug or medical device is defective, or if a medication error occurs, you may suffer serious injuries or the loss of someone because of a wrongful death. Our Columbia injury attorneys have significant experience representing victims of drug injuries. They secured a multi-million dollar recovery for a group of their clients who suffered serious side effects linked to the prescription painkiller Vioxx. Contact Proffitt & Cox, LLP today by calling our South Carolina number at (803) 834-7097 or our toll free number at (877) 276-0533 to receive free attorney advice for personal injuries.