Defective medicines, including prescription drugs, can be a potential cause of serious injuries. If wrongly taken or prescribed, it can have side effects that may aggravate your existing illness.
Pharmaceutical companies have the responsibility to abide with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety regulations. They are also required to inform the agency, including physicians and patients regarding their products' side effects.
FDA uses the reports to verify or test the drug's safety. Failure to include significant side effect may cause fatal injuries to patients. Worse, physicians place their patients at greater risk by prescribing these defective medicines.
If the pharmaceutical company intentionally hide the hazardous effect of their product, they can be held liable for the injuries sustained by the consumer. This can be considered as negligence and is subject for a Product Liability lawsuit.
The Food and Drug Administration conducts routine tests on prescription drugs to ensure its safety for all patients. FDA may ban the selling of defective medicines in the market. Usually, the FDA mandates pharmaceutical companies to conduct recalls on medicines that have hazardous side effects.
Some of these medicines are:
Accutane- is an acne drug manufactured by Hoffmann-La Roche. Its side effects are associated with bowel illness, birth defects, and lupus.
Zyprexa- is an antipsychotic drug manufactured by Eli Lilly. Its side effects are associated with diabetes and weight gain.
Celebrex- is an arthritis drug manufactured by Pfizer. Its side effects are associated with stroke and heart attack.
Fen-Phen- is a mixed alcoholic drink that contains slimming properties. Its side effects are associated with neuropsychological damage, heart problems, and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH).
Ketek- is an antibiotic manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis. Its side effects are associated with liver diseases.
Avandia- is a diabetes drug that increases the risk of heart attack.
Some drugs are necessary for treating acute illnesses though they pose greater risk. If manufacturing companies will adequately publish the drug's hazard, physicians can administer limit on its dosage. Thus, serious complications can be prevented.
Manufacturers are responsible in researching the potential hazard of their products.
They are mandated to report new findings on complications arising from the use of these drugs. However, the manufacturer is not liable for warning consumers who are highly susceptible to certain effects of the drug on them. Though this is an exemption, manufacturers are still expected to publish all hazards arising from the use of product.
Usually, the patient will have a hard time identifying the offender for the defective medicine. The information or evidence for the medicine purchase may no longer be available due to elapsed time. If so, consumers can shift the liability to several potential manufacturers.