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What Georgia Consumers Need to Know about Dangerous Drugs and Defective Pharmaceuticals

May 12, 2014

Many pharmaceutical products play a vital role in improving and enhancing our quality of life. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and even supplements can help us cope with pain, provide relief from the symptoms of illness, prolong our lives and cure serious illnesses. While it is undeniable that many drugs and medications provide valuable benefits, sometimes pharmaceutical products can do more harm than good.

Many consumers presume that if a prescription medication has been approved by the FDA or is allowed to be sold over-the-counter, then it must be safe. Unfortunately, many drugs approved by the FDA are later discovered to have serious side effects that may be life-threatening. Some of these dangerous drugs are eventually recalled after it is determined that the do not offer enough therapeutic value to justify their side effects. If you have been injured by a defective drug in Georgia, our Atlanta Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyers offer a free consultation so that we can assess your claim and determine your rights and remedies.

Successful litigation of a dangerous drug case typically requires extensive knowledge, analysis and discovery of medical trials, adverse event reporting, biochemistry, pharmacology and similar relevant scientific evidence. Large pharmaceutical companies often make billions of dollars in profit from a single drug so they have extremely deep pockets and fight tenaciously to keep profitable drugs from being removed from the market. The same resources are used to aggressively defend defective pharmaceutical lawsuits because drug companies are afraid of opening the floodgates to the millions of people who may have used their product.

Unfortunately, history shows that too many unsafe drugs have been rushed to the market without adequate clinical trials or despite pharmaceutical companies' awareness of serious adverse side effects. When this happens, consumers who trust that the unsafe pharmaceutical has been adequately vetted can face life-threatening side effects which may include:

  • Heart attack (Cardiovascular incidents)
  • Stroke
  • Liver failure
  • Heart damages
  • Kidney failure
  • Blood clotting particularly in the legs
  • Stephen Johnson syndrome
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Catastrophic birth defects

Dangerous or defective drugs may cause serious injury to adults who take the drugs or to unborn children who are exposed to the drug during pregnancy. Some personal injury law firms lack the expertise and resources to effectively litigate against massive pharmaceutical companies that have billions of dollars as well as teams of attorneys and experts at their disposal. Drug companies have a responsibility to provide safe medications and drugs that perform according to the pharmaceutical manufacturer's advertising. If a drug has adverse side effects, the pharmaceutical company has a responsibility to disclose known side effects or health risks associated with the drug. The obligation to disclose adverse events associated with a drug or medication continues after the drug has obtained FDA approval and the drug is being prescribed by physicians.

When adverse effects are reported by patients using a drug or such effects are revealed in clinical trials, these must be disclosed to the FDA. If there are severe adverse effects associated with a drug that has been approved by the FDA, the agency may require a black box warning, which is the strongest warning that may be included on drug labeling. Some drugs that have life-threatening side effects may even be subject to recall.

If you or someone you love has been adversely impacted by a defective pharmaceutical, we urge you to contact the Atlanta Defective Drug Attorneys at Montlick and Associates so that we can evaluate whether you may have a right to file a defective pharmaceutical lawsuit against the manufacturer of the dangerous drug.

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