According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug daily. Fully 2.8 billion prescriptions are offered to patients during doctors’ visits, and 6 million more are offered to patients visiting emergency departments. Considering such a vast majority of us rely on prescription drugs every day, we have a right to believe they are safe and effective.
The government has strict oversight when it comes to making sure our prescription drugs are neither dangerous nor defective. Still, thousands of injuries and deaths every year are linked to FDA-approved drugs that have proved defective, dangerous, failed, or created long-term negative side effects, illnesses, or death.
There are often risks associated with taking certain medications, alone or in combination with others, and the FDA requires that pharmaceutical companies warn us of those dangers. Still, the benefits most often outweigh the risks, and many of us must take our prescriptions in order to stay alive.
If you or a family member becomes ill, has a serious reaction, or suffers an injury due to a defective prescription, or even an over-the-counter medicine, it’s important to understand that the pharmaceutical company or manufacturer can be held liable – even if the drug was approved by the FDA. Medical practitioners and pharmacists can also be responsible if they improperly prescribed, administered, or filled prescriptions for their patients.
Defective or improperly prescribed drugs can have serious or even fatal side effects. Symptoms such as birth defects, heart attacks, heart conditions, hypertension, insomnia, memory loss, numbness, and stroke can be traumatic and debilitating. Defective or dangerous prescriptions often lead to other chronic medical conditions that require long-term medical care.
If you have had a serious reaction to a prescription drug or a loved one has become ill or lost their life because of it, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The attorneys at Lemberg Law understand that proving that a drug is defective is a complex process, and have the experience to plot the best course of action to get you the compensation you deserve. From procuring the testimony of experts in the medical field, to negotiating with pharmaceutical company legal teams, to taking drug companies to court on your behalf, our attorneys will be by your side every step of the way.
If you’ve been harmed by defective drugs, call Lemberg Law at 475-277-2200 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We’re standing by to take your call.