How Do Dangerous Drugs Get on The Market?
Many of our clients want to know how dangerous drugs make it to store shelves and pharmacies across the nation. The answer is quite simple. Simply because a drug is approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that does not mean that the drug is 100 percent safe.
A drug can have potentially dangerous side effects and still make it to market. Even when the FDA is notified of a problem, it might not pull the drug from the market. Hundreds of Safety Alerts have been issued for drugs warning doctors and consumers of potentially dangerous and deadly side effects. In some cases, the FDA might require a drug company to place enhanced warnings on the packaging or materials, but not take the drug off the market.
Even though drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies engage in pre-market testing and drug trials, the FDA may still approve a drug that has dangerous side effects if these side effects do not occur in many patients. Furthermore, the FDA may conduct limited research; however, it does not conduct drug tests.
When a company submits a new drug application, the FDA relies on information provided by the drug company to prove that the drug has been tested and it is safe and effective. Therefore, if the drug company does not report all the drug’s side effects or slants the research to make it appear the drug is safe, the FDA could approve a dangerous drug for use by the public.
Another way a drug can be dangerous is when it is used to treat a condition that it was not approved to treat. This “off-label” use is not approved by the FDA. A pharmaceutical sales representative might tell doctors that the drug has been shown to be effective in treating conditions “B” or “C” even though it was only tested and approved to treat condition “A.” Doctors then prescribe the medication to patients to treat other conditions without knowing how the drug might react or what potential side effects the drug might have when used to treat this condition.
Examples of Dangerous Drugs Currently on the Market
Drug companies have one goal — to make as much profit as possible. In some cases, a company will put profits above the safety of the consumer. As a result, patients are severely injured or killed because a drug company failed to conduct the proper testing, lied about the test result, failed to label medication correction, or failed to warn consumers of the potential side effects.
Some of the dangerous drug claims that our office handles include:
If you have been injured after taking one of these drugs or another drug, contact our office for a free case review with one of our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys.
Potentially Deadly and Dangerous Side Effects
Each medication has certain side effects associated with taking the medication. In trials, some side effects might have been common among many patients while other side effects were rare. The drug company has a duty to disclose all potential side effects shown in their studies and research. Failing to inform doctors and consumers creates a cause of action for filing a product liability claim.
Some of the common side effects associated with dangerous drugs on the market include:
- Internal bleeding
- Stroke and hemorrhagic strokes
- Blood clots
- Increased risk of cancer
- Birth defects
- Cardiovascular problems
- Kidney failure
- Liver damage
- Increased risk of amputations
- Permanent hair loss or alopecia
- Nerve damage
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
If you experience any side effects after taking a medication, you should consult with your physician immediately. Some side effects could be life-threatening.
Nationwide Dangerous Drug Attorneys
The pharmaceutical litigation attorneys of The Fox Law Firm, P.C. are passionate about fighting for the rights of injury victims. We are committed to fighting giant drug companies to hold them responsible for the pain and suffering they cause individuals and families.
For a free consultation and free case evaluation, call 1-866-FOX-FIRM or 1-866-369-3476. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis so that you do not have to worry about how you will pay for the help you need right now.