When we are prescribed medicine by our doctors or take something right
off the shelf, there is a certain sense of security in knowing that the
substance you are using has been “approved by the FDA (Food and
Drug Administration)." It can come as a shock to discover that even
drugs that have been approved and once seemed totally beneficial can actually
lead to dangerous side effects and health problems.
It is important to understand that FDA approval is only that: approval.
It does not guarantee safety. It doesn’t even mean it is totally
safe to use when abiding by directions and dosage amount. It merely means
that the FDA approves its use to treat or otherwise address a certain
Defective Drugs Can Slip Through the Testing Process
There is a common misconception that the FDA tests drugs; it does not.
It is the strict responsibility of the drug’s manufacturer to test
for any harmful side-effects or defects that could cause some sort of
malady, rather than cure one. When there is no governmental eye on how
substances are being developed or performing, negligence or wrongdoing
can lead to harmful products hitting the market.
When the FDA does review a drug for approval, it can take as few as six
months to reach the public. With such a fast turnaround between manufacture
and consumption, it comes as no surprise that some defects go unnoticed.
Even the most thorough and efficient manufacturers can’t test for
everything, and they can miss harmful results related to:
- The drug’s affect several years later
- Taking the drug with other medications
- Effects that may vary depending on user’s age or diet
- The drug altering when stored in imperfect conditions
What Can You Do If a Defective Drug Hurts You?
Part of the danger of defective drugs is that it can be difficult to pinpoint
the harm they have caused to your body, and the hazardous side-effects
might remain dormant until years later. In order to bring your case against
the manufacturer who produced the substance, you will need to be able
to prove that it was in fact their drug that caused you harm.
To increase the strength of your case to pursue a fair recovery by building
a responsive and comprehensive case, you will want to
contact a Columbia dangerous drug attorney from the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. LLC today. Our lead attorney,
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