Most medications come with certain relatively minor side effects, but the benefits of the medicine prescribed typically outweigh any possible risks. However, some drugs have severe risks that can cause long-lasting complications.
In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion in a civil and criminal liability settlement that included penalties for lack of safety data. In 2009, Pfizer made headlines with a $2.3 billion civil and criminal liability settlement related to marketing a painkiller.
Patients injured by dangerous drugs can file a claim against a drug manufacturer to recover damages related to injuries they suffered as a result, provided they meet certain requirements. And those who suffered injuries as a result of dangerous prescription drugs in Dallas should contact dangerous drugs attorney Julie Johnson. Julie helps gather evidence in your case so you can file a compelling claim for compensation to cover the costs of damages.
Dangerous Drugs in the News
The existence of prescription drugs with dangerous side effects has been unnervingly common in recent history. And while some side effects are relatively minor, others may cause life-threatening conditions that require further medical treatment.
A study published in June 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine brought to light the fact that rosiglitazone, a drug often used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, actually puts patients more at risk of suffering heart attacks and death from cardiovascular diseases.
Other studies in November 2013 (Journal of the American Medical Association) and January 2014 (PLOS ONE) found drugs used to treat low testosterone (low-t drugs) may increase risk of heart attack and stroke.
There are countless other examples of studies and reports of prescription drugs that cause severe side effects and complications. Those affected may have a valid case against a drug manufacturer to recover compensation for their damages.
An Attorney Helps You File a Lawsuit
Drug manufacturers must create medications in a way that ensures the safety and well-being of the intended user. They must warn of possible side effects of the drug. In the event an individual experiences serious side effects after taking a drug, he or she may have a valid products liability claim against the manufacturer.
Under Section 82.007 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, which covers information regarding products liability for medications, an individual can file a claim against a manufacturer if the patient:
- used the drug as recommended;
- suffered an injury “causally related to the…use of the product;”
- used the drug as prescribed; and
- sustained an injury “causally related to the prescribed use of the product.”
A manufacturer may be liable if it withheld or misrepresented information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “causally related to the patient’s injury.” Manufacturers also may be liable for advertising or promoting a medication for use other than that approved by the FDA. Learn more about how these laws may apply to your particular case by setting up a consultation with an attorney.
Under certain circumstances, patients may pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor who improperly prescribed a medication. This might be the case if the doctor prescribed a medicine that interfered with another of the patient’s medications or with the patient’s medical condition.
Contact Dallas Dangerous Drug Attorney Julie Johnson Today
It is important to remember that most prescription drugs do come with minor side effects that should be expected over the course of treatment. But if you have experienced side effects in the form of serious injuries about which the manufacturer did not warn, contact a Dallas Dangerous drug attorney at the Law Office of Julie Johnson. She will advise you of your rights, as well as the best course of action moving forward. Call us today at 214-290-8001.