When purchasing medication, medical devices or anything pharmaceutically related, the consumer relies on the manufacturer, producer or designer of the product to create and develop something that is safe for the individual. However, like other type of products, this is not always the case. Pharmaceutical product defects range from prescription or over-the-counter drugs to surgical implants or any other medical devices. Pharmaceutical defect matters are often very complex and the injuries severe, many times resulting in death.
Drug defects are an important and vast concern in the United States. It is not uncommon for large pharmaceutical companies to press for new drugs to be sold without adequate and complete testing. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not always ensure that a drug is completely safe prior to approval. This is compounded by the reality that it is often difficult to test for the long term side-effects of a drug. This leads to potentially horrific, unwanted drugs on the market, which may result in injury or death to consumers because of severe reactions to the drugs. Infamous drugs which have been subject to massive litigation include Paxil, Vioxx and Heparin.
In addition to drugs, other medical devices have been subject to litigation for their defects. For example, certain body part implants and replacements have caused serious infections and injuries. These include the Zimmer Knee Implant, DePuy ASR Hip implants and pain pumps. The DePuy ASR Hip implant, for example, issued a recall because more than 10% of the individuals, who had these devices inserted, experienced joint, walking or other pains after implantation.
Pharmaceutical product defect cases are complicated matters, requiring the knowledge and expertise of dedicated and hard-working attorneys. They typically require extensive and detailed scientific, medical and anatomical understanding. At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A., we have experience in handling an array of pharmaceutical defect matters. If you or a loved is injured as a result of a pharmaceutical defect, we encourage you to contact us so that you can have a relentless advocate in your corner.