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Your Tampa Defective Drug Lawyer
Each year thousands of children and adults are injured and/or killed by defective drugs in the United States. We often take it for granted and assume that these products and medications are safe for use by ourselves and our loved ones.
However, many drugs (whether it is prescription or over-the-counter) can have serious adverse side effects. Side effects can range from a headache or upset stomach to more serious injuries such as liver or kidney failure, heart problems, or even death. Many injuries are caused by pharmacies improperly filling prescriptions or defective drugs and medical equipment.
Defective drug cases can be complex, lengthy and costly to take to trial. That is why you need a defective drug lawyer with the tools, experience, resources, and capability to take on large corporations, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies. Making the right decision on your legal representation today could have a major impact on the outcome of your case and your future.
Mass Tort defective drug cases are defined as cases where a company makes or sells a product such as a medical device, medication, or other mass-produced items that harm hundreds or thousands of people. For example, pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies have been faced with a large number of suits throughout the years for products that earn them billions of dollars in profit. These companies may know of product defects beforehand and their potential to cause harm to individuals through usage yet these corporations often choose not to take appropriate action due to profit or other motives.
Many of these companies could have millions or billions of dollars invested in product development and may simply feel that it is more advantageous for them to send items to market and reap massive profits than to halt their release and avoid doing harm to those who may use the products. Profit is often at the center of these cases, and it is necessary for a firm that takes on such cases to thoroughly litigate and investigate these types of claims.
Pharmaceutical products including Vioxx, Avandia, Fosamax, and anti-depressants such as Topamax, may have severe ramifications that are not disclosed at all or not properly disclosed to those taking them. DePuy ASR hip implants, Zimmer, and NexGen knee replacement systems are a few medical devices currently subject to large-scale mass tort litigation.
Anti-depressants such as Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft and Effexor are drugs that also are currently being litigated in mass tort cases by thousands of people who have been harmed. These drugs are commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and classified as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors).
Over the past five years, scientific information has emerged that links these drugs to numerous birth defects, including heart malformations, brain and spinal cord abnormalities, cleft lip/cleft palate, club foot, persistent pulmonary hypertension and abdominal wall malformation if taken during pregnancy.
We anticipate a warning change regarding the prescription of these medications during pregnancy. People should take note of any unexpected birth defects. In one case, a mother who had two healthy children had taken Prozac for postpartum depression and continued on the drug before discovering her pregnancy. Her child was born with a severe and otherwise unexplained heart malformation.
How Can You Make a Report to the Food and Drug Administration?
The FDA recommends that you submit as much detailed information as possible. For products intended for human consumption, like drugs, you should try to provide the following information:
- Name or any other detail about the person affected (including age, sex, and ethnicity). This will help the agency to determine if particular groups are especially affected or at risk. (The FDA is committed to protecting the confidentiality of patients.)
- If you are reporting about a prescription or over-the-counter drug, the name of the drug, manufacturer, and the strength of the drug should be specified.
- Name and address of the store where you bought the product and the date of purchase are also important information.
- You should also document details about the problem, such as symptoms and whether the issue went away after you stopped using the product.
(Similarly, for products for animals, detailed information about the affected animal(s), the product, and the health problem(s) noted is helpful.)
- Include any product codes, numbers, and dates on the packaging and labeling. If needed, this can help the FDA trace the product back to the place of manufacture.
- In addition to reporting to the FDA, consider reporting the problem to the manufacturer and the store where you bought the product.
Call Tampa Defective Drug Lawyers for Help
If you or someone you know has used any of the above mentioned products and suffered any complications or strange results, our defective drug attorneys in Tampa can help.
At Ligori Law, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources required to pursue large complex defective drug litigation matters. Most of all, we have the passion that is necessary to win.
If you believe you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience. Call Ligori Law at 877-444-2929 for a free consultation today.