Here in the Dallas Fort Worth area, you hear about it in the news every now and then: a drug is recalled because of potentially dangerous or fatal side effects. What they typically don't tell you about is how the FDA comes to the conclusion that a drug is dangerous enough to call for it to be “pulled off of the shelves.” It usually isn't because of theoretical case studies. Drug recalls are usually a result of a pattern of injuries, sometimes fatalities, which are reported to the federal database. Unfortunately, those people who suffered the consequences wrongly, but justifiably, believed they were taking a safe drug.
Legal remedies for drug-related injuries
If you follow my blog, you'll notice that I've posted a couple of articles about the Vermont woman who sued Wyeth over a drug injected for anti-nausea that ultimately led to losing her arm. Wyeth appealed her lawsuit all the way to the United States Supreme Court, citing a federal preemption that could potentially ban patients from suing pharmaceutical companies at all. Fortunately, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the patient's right to sue, overturning the ban and making it possible for patients to seek legal remedies in the event of a drug injury.
Thanks in part to that federal ruling, patients have the right to pursue legal remedies in the event of a botched or dangerous drug case. As information about dangerous drugs becomes more publicly available, patients may find that even though they didn't think they had a case, they can pursue legal action against a drug company for their injuries.
Don't let a drug company get away with putting potentially dangerous drugs on the market. If you've suffered a drug-related injury, contact a personal injury attorney to find out whether you're eligible to pursue a legal case against the drug company. You're not only advocating for yourself; you're potentially protecting anyone else who might ever use the drug and find themselves injured or killed.
Currently, the Anderson Law Firm is reviewing cases involving the dangerous drugs Reglan (or Metoclopramide), Avandia and Chantix. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of taking these drugs, contact us online or at 877-294-1115.