Overview of Defective Drug Laws

Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to the public to ensure that their medications are safe for the public. They must warn people of all known associated risks and side effects. This applies to both prescription medications and over-the-counter medications.

Drugs do get manufactured with defects, and it is more common than anyone would like to think. All a patient can do is follow the instructions that come with the medication and listen to doctor and pharmacist instruction. Defective drugs have been known to cause liver damage, heart damage, kidney failure, cardiovascular problems and even death.

Defective drug law is complicated, and there are different levels of liability. Drugs can be incorrectly manufactured, improperly marked or can cause dangerous side effects not listed in the medication’s literature. Defective drug law is different from medical malpractice. It is important to consult an experienced attorney if you or a loved one has been injured by defective drugs.

In order to collect damages, you must be able to prove that the medication directly caused the injury or death. This can be difficult. Sometimes the manufacturer is at fault, sometimes a pharmacist or the doctor. Have you or a loved one been potentially injured by a defective drug?

Wooten Kimbrough, P.A.—Orlando personal injury attorneys.

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