Many consumers have a hard time knowing for sure whether they are the victim of a bad drug. Dangerous and defective drug lawyers look for telltale signs to determine if a drug qualifies, such as how it was marketed, inaccuracies in its labeling and warnings, how the drug company trained doctors on the effects of the drug (and whether they downplayed side effects), and whether there were any delays between when the drug company first discovered a harmful effect, and when it was communicated to doctors and the public.
In some cases, a defective drag attorney will actually order testing of a sample of the drug, to see if it was tainted or included any inaccurate ingredients.
What makes a drug a bad drug?
A drug can be a “bad drug” for three main reasons:
- Tainted or defective. This is a very broad category. It can involve drugs that were actually tainted (such as spoiling or changing chemically due to shipping conditions). But, in most cases, it means there was some sort of more innocuous manufacturing defect. For example, perhaps the label was misprinted to leave off a key ingredient, or listed the wrong ingredient. This could cause doctors to prescribe it when they otherwise wouldn’t, especially to patients with an allergy or a conflicting medication. In other cases, the defect is intentional—for example, substituting in a cheaper ingredient. (This is rare with drugs manufactured in the United States.)
- Dangerous side effects. Manufacturers are required by the FDA to report and disclose any side effects that come up in testing. However, this may not happen for several reasons:
- Not enough testing or too small of sample groups
- Side effects take years to develop
- Manufacturer intentionally hid evidence of a side effect, altered the data, or failed to report
- Deceptive marketing. Pharmaceutical companies are under intense profit pressure, and they market not only to the general public, but to doctors. These same companies also “educate” doctors about the uses, benefits and side effects of their products. This creates a powerful conflict of interest. If the marketing was deceptive, either intentionally or unintentionally, it can be grounds for a bad drug lawsuit.
What are some examples of bad drugs?
There are hundreds, and in many cases, patients are already being harmed before any evidence of the dangerous effects becomes public.
However, John Foy & Associates is currently investigating claims regarding several specific drugs:
- Actos Lawsuit
- AndroGel Testosterone Lawsuit
- Benicar Lawsuit
- Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit
- Eliquis Internal Bleeding Lawsuit
- Invokana Lawsuit
- Januvia & Janumet Lawsuit
- Kombiglyze Lawsuit
- Lipitor Lawsuit
- Onglyza Heart Failure Lawsuit
- Prilosec & Nexium Lawsuit
- Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit
- Risperdal Lawsuit
- Taxotere Lawsuit
- Tylenol Liver Damage Lawsuit
- Xarelto Lawsuit
- Yasmin and Yaz Lawsuit
- Zofran Lawsuit
Even if the drug you’ve been taking isn’t on this list, you may still have a case. Contact us and let us help you. No one deserves to suffer because of a drug they were told would help them.
What are my rights if I’m the victim of a bad drug?
You need to talk to a lawyer ASAP. You likely have a right to sue for damages—and dangerous drug lawsuits often pay victims millions of dollars or more. But these cases are often large, complex class action suits with very aggressive timelines. You need to report your case and file your claim as quickly as you can.
At John Foy & Associates, it’s our belief that no amount of money can make up for the pain and health loss that victims of bad drugs often experience—or the loss of a loved one. But we know this money makes a crucial difference to victims and their families. Let us help you. We offer a FREE consultation and we have over 20 years of experience getting results with big drug companies. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.