Product defects come in many forms, and the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty & its associated personal injury attorneys in Sacramento can assist you to hold the pharmaceutical giants accountable for placing dangerous or defective drugs on the market, which harm the firm's clients in Northern California in Sacramento and the adjacent cities of Roseville, Lincoln, and Yuba City.
The U.S. pharmaceutical industry takes in $300 billion a year by heavily marketing its most profitable drugs directly to the consumer as well as to physicians and retailers. The most profitable drug may not be safer or more effective than less expensive drugs already on the market. All drugs have side effects, but some contain unreasonable risks in light other safer, effective options.
As in other cases involving defective products, pharmaceutical products liability does not require a showing of negligence or fault on the part of the manufacturer. If a drug company manufactures a dangerous or defective drug that causes unreasonable injuries, that company may be strictly liable for the damages caused.
Most drugs that become the subject of lawsuits cause serious adverse effects that were not known at the time the drug was approved for use by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although drugs undergo testing and clinical trials, some effects are not revealed until the drug gets into widespread use over time by large segments of the population. Other times, it appears that the drug companies purposely manipulate study data to downplay or conceal known risks of the drug.
Off-label use is the term applied to drugs being prescribed for uses other than what they were approved for. Sometimes a beneficial side effect is noticed, and doctors begin prescribing the drug for this off-label use. Drug companies hire employees known as "detailers" who promote the companies' products directly to physicians. The drug companies and their detailers heavily market their most profitable drugs directly to physicians, often promoting off-label uses or higher doses than the FDA originally approved. Overuse of the drug in this manner can cause serious harm.
Injuries from dangerous and defective drugs can be serious and permanently debilitating. In the list below, you will see drugs linked to heart valve failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism (PE), spontaneous tendon ruptures, depression, severe pain, and even death. In some cases, the serious side effects do not appear until months after the course of treatment has concluded. If you have an unexplained medical condition and have taken one of the listed drugs in recent months, consult a doctor as well as an attorney who is experienced in defective drugs and other products liability lawsuits. In Northern California, contact the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty for caring, tough, and effective legal representation.
- Ortho Evra (the Patch)
- Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella