According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of the U.S. population is on at least one prescription drug, and just over 75 percent of doctors’ office visits involve drug therapy. Clearly, prescription drugs are popular and prevalent. But how sure are you that the drug your doctor prescribed is safe?
Federal Drug Administration (FDA) data reveals that from 2004 through August 11, 2014, there were a total of 4,278 drug recalls, with 48 percent of those recalls occurring during 2013 and the first 7 months of 2014. These alarming statistics demonstrate that the American public can’t count on pharmaceutical companies to police themselves or the FDA to weed out dangerous and defective drugs with 100 percent accuracy. And moreover, the problem is just getting worse.
The Responsibilities of the Professionals
Though most people immediately think of the drug manufacture in the event of a defective drug, there are actually many people, companies and entities that are responsible for the safe design, manufacture, delivery and sale of medications. Certainly, the manufacturer bears a large portion of the responsibility and is required to follow quite stringent policies and procedures to ensure compliance with FDA guidelines. But pharmacists, physicians and other entities along the supply chain may also be at fault.
Your physician owes you a duty of care and must be diligent in prescribing medication, ensuring that you are put on the correct type and dosage, and that you have no medical conditions or are taking other medications that may be counter-indicated and cause harm. Pharmacists must carefully dispense the right medication in the correct dosage.
Distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers also have legal obligations and must perform in accordance with product liability rules and guidelines. Failure to do so which results in defects, serious side effects and other devastating consequences opens them up to financial liability.
The Reinartz Law Firm Champions the Rights of Those Harmed by Defective Drugs
What happens when a drug does far more harm than good? What are the consequences of a defective drug? The damages are extensive and wide ranging, even resulting in death. And when a pregnant women takes a defective drug, birth defects are a tragic but common result. Sadly, there are too many defective drugs to name them all, but the following are some of the more well-known.
- Zithromax Antibiotic (Z-Pack)
If you or a loved one has experience adverse, dangerous or devastating effects from any of these or other drugs, please contact our firm to schedule a free consultation with a seasoned veteran of successful defective drug claims. Call 201-289-8614 today to discuss your Hackensack-Bergen County New Jersey defective drug case.