A prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes injury—be it physical, psychological, or emotional—can be considered a defective pharmaceutical product. Even if the injuries are not the result of the drug itself, but due to inadequate warnings or labeling, defective drug laws can be triggered. Defective pharmaceuticals are yet another type of dangerous product.
Defective drugs can cause devastating injuries that may take years to develop. For people who are injured in this way, legal action is often the only way to receive justice. If you have been hurt by a dangerous medication, the Charleston defective drugs lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Call 843-720-2800 to set up a free case review.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE
The responsibility for drug safety falls to many different entities. Each party has a specific set of responsibilities and may be held liable if they fail to meet them. Both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications must be properly tested, properly marketed, properly prescribed, and properly dispensed to the patient. In addition, all warnings and instructions must accompany the drug and any known risks must be made clear. Failure to follow all of the safety requirements can happen anywhere along this process and responsibility can fall to:
In order for a drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has to go through a testing process, but often this process doesn’t take into account all of the ways a drug may be used, or the long-term effects. In addition to the drug manufacturer, doctors or hospitals who prescribe any drug and pharmacists who dispense them have a responsibility to make sure the drug is safe to use for each patient.
DEFECTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL LAWSUITS
Because of the high level of competition between drug manufacturers, sometimes drugs are rushed to market without thorough testing. Once this happens, dangerous or even deadly side effects can directly impact the public before the FDA becomes aware of them.
When a drug is suspected of causing injuries, the FDA conducts an investigation. If the FDA determines that the side effects outweigh the benefits of the medication, it may be recalled. Recalls can cause a drug to be removed from the market entirely, or simply to require additional warnings be printed on the label or insert.
Defective pharmaceutical lawsuits are highly complex because they rely on a thorough understanding of scientific details, and can fall under many different areas of the law, including:
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If you have been injured by a defective pharmaceutical, it can be difficult to prove who is liable. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have many years of experience handling these multifaceted cases. We can help you fight for justice by determining who is a fault. Contact the Steinberg Law Firm today by calling 843-720-2800 to schedule a free case evaluation. We serve clients from the Charleston area, as well as Goose Creek and Summerville, South Carolina.