Every year, U.S. consumers spend more than $200 billion on prescription drugs and more than $85 billion on medical devices, and those figures are expected to continue to rise as pharmaceutical companies aggressively market their products to an aging population. While modern medical advances have improved health and quality of life for many, pharmaceutical companies have been known to cut corners and disregard risks in the pursuit of profit. When unscrupulous companies produce, sell and improperly market medical products that are harmful or deadly, Farrar & Ball trial lawyers have the expertise to hold those responsible liable for injuries caused by their recklessness and negligence and failure to protect consumers.
Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations are designed to provide a degree of oversight and minimum safety standards for pharmaceutical products before they go on the market. In addition, drugmakers and device manufacturers have an ethical and legal duty to make safe products. But it’s too easy for reckless and negligent pharmaceutical companies to ignore regulators and disregard their ethical duties, exposing U.S. consumers to unnecessary health risks from defective medical and pharmaceutical products.
Manufacturers are bound by law to test and ensure that products are safe. When risks and dangerous side effects are known, pharmaceutical companies are required to alert regulators and the public. These duties continue even after a pharmaceutical product or medical device hits the market. Frequently, pharmaceutical makers find new and lucrative revenue streams by marketing a drug for uses beyond what the drugs have been approved for – a practice known as off-label marketing. This practice can be dangerous and even life-threatening if drugs and medical devices have not been adequately tested.
One indicator of pharmaceutical companies’ failure to adequately test products can be found in the steady increase in the number of recalled drugs every year. Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a dangerous product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority. Such recalls have surged in recent years, along with reports of health complications caused by defective medical products. Sadly, it often takes hundreds or thousands of injuries before a dangerous drug or defective medical device is recalled. That means some hazardous pharmaceuticals end up doing more harm than good.
Recent pharmaceutical recalls include:
When a bad drug that has been recalled causes deadly or dangerous side effects, the manufacturer can be held legally responsible for its safety failures. Farrar & Ball’s trial lawyers have experience representing injured consumers and holding pharmaceutical companies responsible for the reckless and negligent practices. Our trial lawyers start every case with an aggressive investigation that identifies all responsible parties and relentless pursuit of incriminating documents and information. We approach every case with the assumption that it will end up in front of a judge and jury. Contact Farrar & Ball for more information.