Most people believe the medications prescribed to them or purchased over the counter at their local pharmacy have been thoroughly tested and are safe to take for their prescribed use. However, several recent lawsuits have shown us that in some cases pharmaceutical companies seem willing to falsify test results and minimize warnings by their own scientists and researchers in order to place a drug on the market and begin making money from its sale.
Defective medication lawsuits can go beyond a pharmaceutical company. A medical provider who prescribes a medication could also be held liable for prescribing a medicine that reacts with other drugs and causes you injury. They can also be held liable for prescribing the wrong medication for your illness. Drug store pharmacists can also be held liable for dispensing incorrect medications and incorrect dosages.
You can see how a defective drug lawsuit can get really big really fast. When drugs are manufactured, they are produced into pills or doses in numbers up to the billions, and then they can be distributed around the world, where millions of people can be affected. Researching a defective medicinal product can take weeks or months to uncover the documentation necessary to prove a case. Sometimes these cases can take years to advance through the courts, but they can ultimately result in multi-million or even billion dollar settlements. Merck reportedly paid over $4.85 billion in a 2008 lawsuit over their Vioxx medication.
If you have suffered a serious side effect from a prescribed medication, fill out the form or give our defective drug lawyers a call at 334-793-1000. Time is of the essence in notifying our attorneys of your situation. Some medications are already involved in litigation, and timelines may be rapidly approaching for settlement payment or inclusion in the case.