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As a consumer, it is your right to expect pharmaceutical companies to provide safe and effective products with minimal side effects. Adverse side effects can cause years of pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of dangerous drugs or a defective medical device, Call the Law Office of Jose Francisco for a free case evaluation.
Common defective drugs (Unfortunately there are too many to list…)
New drugs and devices are introduced to the marketplace by pharmaceutical companies each year. Many of them prove to be safe. However, some of the drugs and devices do not operate as they were intended. As a result of these malfunctions, thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
Instead of taking responsibility for their mistakes, they refuse to accept responsibility for their products. They do not warn consumers and offer drug recalls. They simply do nothing and continue to collect their profits. Their inaction and blame-placing tactics cause innocent people to get hurt or killed.
How Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices Remain in the Marketplace
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the task of approving medical devices and drugs. The FDA oversees the process and enables pharmaceutical companies to market and sell their products. All drugs and devices go through years of testing in order to be deemed reasonably safe to sell to consumers.
Sometimes pharmaceutical companies may miss the mark when it comes to their products. In spite of years of testing and safety protocols, their products may not operate as intended. It is only after the products have been used on thousands of people do they find out the truth about their produts. When the FDA is contacted about several complaints about a drug, they enforce their regulations and issue a drug recall.
Issuing a recall is a positive step in the right direction when a drug or medical device is defective. After the recall, the damage has been done. Thousands of people have been injured or possibly killed.
All prescription drugs have side effects. However, most of the side effects are minor and do not threaten the lives of its users. A prescription drug is considered dangerous when its side effects cause severe bodily harm or even death.
For instance, Xarelto is a drug that is the subject of many legal actions. It is a anticoagulant that is used as a blood thinner after a patient receives knee or hip implants. Many Xarelto users have reported unsual bleeding that will not stop. It is alleged that the makers of Xarelto knew the drug was dangerous. Furthermore, they failed to provide a protocol that doctors could use to stop the bleeding. As a result of this alleged negligence, thousands of people have been harmed and hundreds of people have died.
Other dangerous drugs include:
Medical devices have been used for years with great success. Many of the devices have a high success rate. There are times when the devices do not work as they were originally intended by the pharmaceutical company. The devices may cause adverse medical conditions or even kill its users.
- Malfunctioning of insulin or pain pumps.
- Failure of some pacemakers to keep accurate heart rhythms.
- Devices have caused infections because they were not properly cleaned and sanitized.
- Immune system damage as a result of medical devices or breast implants.
- Hip implant failure and defective knee replacement parts.
When Pharmaceutical Companies Knowingly Risk Public Safety
The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. In some instances, companies are motivated by profit and knowingly keep their defective products in the marketplace. In spite of warnings and deaths, they do not face up to their corporate responsibility and take ownership for the problems.
When this happens, the FDA and the legal system must take actions. In spite of the safeguards and processes provided by the FDA, each pharmaceutical company is still responsible for its products. Receiving an FDA approval does not relinquish the responsibility of the pharmaceutical company.
If they are sued by consumers and found to be liable for damages, they can pay a hefty price for corporate greed and inaction. Some of the compensations include payment for past and future medical care, funeral expenses, punitive damages, pain, suffering and emotional damages.