MA and RI Lawyer for Dangerous and Defective Drugs

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people suffer more than two million serious adverse drug reactions each year. As many as 100,000 of these reactions are fatal. In fact, the FDA reports that adverse reactions to dangerous drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in America.

If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke, birth injury, heart problem, kidney or liver issue, or other injury or illness and you believe a dangerous drug may be to blame, you are not alone. The Bottaro Law Firm can help you investigate your case and seek maximum compensation for your losses.

Dangerous and Defective Drugs

While prescription medications are subject to FDA approval, this does not stop dangerous drugs from entering the market. Manufacturers owe a duty to recall drugs that are known to be defective; however, recalls are often slow – and sometimes do not come at all. Some of the drugs most widely known to have dangerous side effects include:

  • Celebrex – Celebrex is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual problems, and certain other medical conditions. It is widely known to cause problems such as heart attacks, chest pain, kidney failure, and high blood pressure.
  • Crestor – Crestor is used as a treatment for high cholesterol that works through the liver. It has been associated with a fatal muscle condition known as rhabdomyolysis, as well as other problems including kidney failure, liver failure, and type-2 diabetes.
  • Plavix – Plavix is blood thinner commonly prescribed to prevent clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Plavix users have been known to suffer a host of dangerous side effects, including ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and cerebral bleeding.
  • Testosterone (Androgel, Foresta, Striant, Testrim) – Testosterone therapy is common among older males and is designed to help maintain bone density, muscle strength, sex drive, and sperm production. However, it can also cause heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and cardiac arrest.
  • YAZ/Yazmin – YAZ/Yazmin is a popular brand of birth control medication. Common side effects include blood clots, heart attack, stroke, and gallbladder disease. Mixed with other drugs, it can also lead to fatal arrhythmias.
  • Zofran – Zofran is a popular prescription for pregnant women in order to help combat morning sickness and nausea. However, it is widely associated with an increased risk of birth defects, including cleft palate, heart and brain problems, and developmental delays.

Other dangerous drugs include:

  • Accutane
  • Bextra
  • Ephedra
  • Foamax
  • Ortho Evra
  • Paxil
  • Prempro
  • ReNu
  • Serevent
  • Seroquel
  • Vioxx
  • Zicam

Side effects and other medical conditions resulting from dangerous medications often do not arise until weeks or months after stopping use of the drug. As a result, individuals who have taken these and other medications should be diligent about monitoring their condition for potential health concerns. Warning labels can give some indication of potential risks; however, these labels often do not tell the whole story when it comes to the dangers of use.

Manufacturer and Physician Liability for Defective Drugs

Manufacturer Liability

When a drug manufacturer puts a dangerous medication on the market, that manufacturer is liable for the damage that people suffer as a result of taking the drug. Manufacturers are subject to the rule of “strict liability,” which means that a victim of a dangerous drug does not need to prove negligence in order to win their case. If the manufacturer released the drug, you took the drug as prescribed or directed, and the drug caused you harm, you are most likely entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.

Physician Liability

Doctors and hospitals can also be held liable for illnesses and injuries suffered due to dangerous and defective drugs. Common forms of medical malpractice relating to dangerous medications include:

  • Improper prescriptions due to misdiagnosis and other errors
  • Prescribing an incorrect dosage
  • Overdose and underdose when administering prescription drugs
  • Failure to identify dangerous drug interactions

Dangerous Drug Risks for Nursing Home Residents

Nursing home residents may be particularly susceptible to suffering adverse reactions to dangerous drugs. Learn more about dangerous drug risks in nursing homes.

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