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In the United States, pharmaceutical medications play an essential role in the treatment of almost any type of illness or injury. Additionally, many people rely on pharmaceutical products to manage other aspects of their health, from contraception to their mental well-being. As a result, virtually every person will, at some point, need to use a pharmaceutical medication.
Unfortunately, the reality is that many of these types of medications come with serious potential drawbacks, including side effects that can dramatically harm the health of patients or their children. In many situations, the costs that these consequences can have for the users of pharmaceutical medications can be overwhelming, potentially requiring medical treatment and resulting in time spent away from work recovering.
In light of how seriously these and other consequences of pharmaceutical defects can affect the lives of users, it is often possible for injury victims in these situations to take legal action in order to pursue compensation for the damages they and their families may have suffered. At the National Injury Law Center, our experienced team of legal professionals understands how much of an impact a dangerous or defective pharmaceutical product can have on the lives of patients. Therefore, we are committed to providing our clients with effective legal representation in order to help them pursue justice. Contact us today at 888-273-6041 to learn more about what we can do for you if you or your child has been injured by a pharmaceutical product.
In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the agency tasked with testing and approving pharmaceutical products for commercial sale and use. The testing process for many pharmaceutical products can take years, and is intended to ensure that these products do not pose unnecessary or excessive risks to the health of users.
Nevertheless, the FDA’s approval process is not always perfect, and even the most scrupulous testing can fail to detect certain types of problems, particularly those that may not manifest until years or even decades have passed. In these circumstances, federally-approved pharmaceutical products may still place the health and even lives of patients at serious risk.
Furthermore, there are ways in which pharmaceutical companies can take advantage of regulatory loopholes and lack of necessary oversight in order to enhance their profits. For instance, some medications and medical devices can receive approval as long as they are substantially similar to other devices or medications on the market. As a result, unique injury or health risks may not be noticed before consumers are exposed to these risks.
Additionally, far too many companies market their products for uses that are not approved by the FDA. In these circumstances, patients may unknowingly be exposed to risks that are deemed acceptable for the treatment of some types of conditions but which, in other contexts, are not worth the possible benefits provided by the medication. Furthermore, companies may be aware of risks that their own testing has shown a medication to have and fail to warn the FDA or the public. For all of these reasons, pharmaceutical lawsuits play an important role in helping the victims of pharmaceutical products pursue compensation and justice, and also, help alert the general public to potentially widespread dangers.
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