Chicago Defective Drug Injuries
What is a Defective Drug Lawsuit?
Closely related to a medical malpractice claim is a personal injury claim for injuries sustained while taking a defective drug. It seems as though every day there is a new pharmaceutical recall, often because it is learned that a particular drug may have serious side effects, potentially leading to dangerous health complications. These dangers are usually preventable and are often the result of a drug manufacturer attempting to rush a drug to market, without the proper screening in place, in order to maximize profit.
Fighting for Victims of Defective Drugs
It is somewhat unsettling that, since 1993, an estimated 1000 deaths have been directly linked to the use of certain defective pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, it is estimated that more than 20 million people in this country may have taken a drug that has since been recalled. A drug may be recalled because it has been linked to serious, previously unknown, side effects.
For instance, recalled drugs have been linked to:
- Serious birth defects
- Heart attacks
- Severe breathing problems
- Many other, potentially life threatening, health problems
There are currently a number of high profile defective drug allegations being investigated across the country. For example, there are heightened concerns about the possible severe side effects of the contraceptive pill Yasmin, which is manufactured by the German drug maker Bayer. Another well-known drug, the anti-depressant Prozac, has recently been linked to an increase in autism in the children born to women who took the drug during pregnancy. This follows on the heels of news that another anti-depressant, Zoloft, had been linked to an increase in birth defects among children born to women who used Zoloft during pregnancy.
What is an FDA Recall?
According to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a recall will lead a firm to remove one of its products from the market. Recalls may be conducted by a firm's own initiative, or on the request or order of the FDA. The FDA will order a recall of a drug if it is defective and/or potentially harmful.
Per the FDA, a drug recall falls into one of the following categories:
- Class I: Dangerous product that may cause serious health problem or death
- Class II: May cause temporary health problem or pose as a slight threat
- Class III: Unlikely to cause adverse health reaction but violates FDA laws
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Chicago
Discuss your case with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney today in order to determine your legal rights. If you believe that you or a loved one may have taken a defective and / or recalled drug, contact your doctor immediately. It is critical that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible for what may be a very serious defective drug related side effect.
It is also important to understand that you or your loved one may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries sustained as a result of taking a defective drug. Please contact the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Pavich Law Group, P.C. today for a free consultation.