A defective prescription drug or over-the-counter medication is one whose potential risks outweigh its possible benefits to the consumer. With the sheer number of pharmaceutical drugs on the market, the odds dictate that at least some will be defective or unreasonably dangerous.
The most frequent defect found in prescription drugs is when the manufacturer fails to warn consumers of the drug’s possible dangers.
When a manufacturer fails to investigate their product adequately or report adverse events or side effects, it is impossible to determine whether the drug’s benefits outweigh the risks, thereby placing consumers at risk of injury.
Consumers who are injured due to the failure to warn may have a legal claim against the drug manufacturer.
A manufacturer may also be liable if it downplays or minimizes a danger or side effect of the prescription drug or markets it for improper “off-label” uses. This is when the manufacturer persuades physicians to prescribe the medication for non-FDA-approved purposes.
Doyle APC attorneys have been involved in numerous lawsuits over defective prescription drugs and are currently accepting cases involving:
- Tylenol and autism
- Zantac cancer
- Amiodarone vision injuries
If you or a family member suffered an injury while taking a prescription or over-the-counter drug, please get in touch with us for a free case review.