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Defective Drugs Archives

When life-saving drugs ruin the time you have left

It is safe to say that all cancer patients want to survive and go on living after their ordeal. Chemotherapy is a well-known treatment for all types of cancer. Most patients are aware that they may experience some unpleasant side effects while undergoing chemotherapy, but the ray of light at the end is that these side effects are usually only temporary.

Risks posed by fast tracking the approval of prescription drugs

President Trump has recently been pressuring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up the drug approval process so that critically ill patients will be given a better chance to survive. His opponents argue that speeding up the drug approval process may be far less beneficial for patients and could cause significant harm instead.

Side effects of Essure and what you can do about them

Each day, another woman's story emerges about Essure, a once popular type of sterilization coil not just in the United States, but across the world. Just in the first quarter of 2017 alone, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already been bombarded with some 2,000 claims of Essure complications. There have been a reported 9,000 removals of the coil since 2009.

Who is liable for injuries caused by generic drugs?

Estimates suggest that most of the prescriptions written in the United State are for generic drugs. Generic drug use is only growing in popularity, and will continue to grow as many popular drugs come off patent. This may be good for patients concerned about the cost of their prescription medicine, but who is liable when a generic drug causes harm to a consumer?

Lawsuits alleging Risperdal caused gynecomastia continue to soar

The manufacturers of the prescription drug Risperdal are now being confronted with lawsuits from 3,000 new plaintiffs that filed a lawsuit against the company in the first three months of 2017. The new plaintiffs join a body of plaintiffs already estimated to be as high as 2,500 that have already filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

Some of Mirena's more common, life-threatening side effects

Mirena, a type of intrauterine device (IUD) is different from copper ones in that the former relies on the administration of a dose of the hormone progestin to work effectively. Mirena has grown in popularity among women of child bearing age over the past few years.

Company recalls 600,000 defective drug inhalers

Illnesses and injuries can limit people's ability to perform daily tasks, which can range from annoying to devastating, depending on the limitations. In order to make life better and to improve one's health, people rely on prescription medication. Due to this reliance, they expect the prescription drug to work as advertised.

The consequences of defective drug labeling are real

This blog has previously touched on the three main categories of defects that might have caused injury to a patient. To refresh, these are manufacturing defects, design defects and labeling or warning defects. While the first kinds of problems most Texans likely think about when they hear defective drug, are those involving the design or making of the medication, problems with labelling and warning can have very real and very serious consequences.

The consequences of defective drug labeling are real

This blog has previously touched on the three main categories of defects that might have caused injury to a patient. To refresh, these are manufacturing defects, design defects and labeling or warning defects. While the first kinds of problems most Texans likely think about when they hear defective drug, are those involving the design or making of the medication, problems with labelling and warning can have very real and very serious consequences.

What if a defective drug's manufacturer cannot be pinpointed?

We've previously discussed the fact that manufacturers of pharmaceuticals have a duty to ensure that the processes they use to create the drugs they sell meet federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines, and that the medications produced thereby are safe and effective for the end users. Further, we've touched on the fact that there can be defects in the design of a drug, the manufacturing of the medicine itself, or in the way consumers are told about the potential effects of drugs. When a drug company allows a medication with a defect to be placed into the stream of commerce, they may be liable for monetary damages to anyone who is injured by the product.

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