Georgia PI Attorney Shane Smith Explains Product Liability for Faulty Pharmaceutical Medications
Every year, patients in Georgia are prescribed and recommended medications to treat medical conditions. The vast majority of these medications are safe and work as intended. However, there are some instances where pharmaceutical medication does not work as intended and causes severe injuries and even death.
Based on recent statistics from CNN, there were more than 1,740 recalls for prescription and over the counter medications in 2009. This is more than 300% than the 426 recalls in 2008. The recalls are blamed on so-called “manufacturing lapses” due to contamination, poor labeling and packaging and the quality of the medication’s input materials. These factors are putting patients looking to treat their major health problems and everyday aches and pains at risk of serious injuries or even death.
Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacturers Have a Duty of Care
When an over the counter or prescription drug is manufactured, manufacturers are responsible to ensure every step is monitored for product safety. The manufacturer must take reasonable care to ensure the raw materials are safe and the represented materials from their suppliers. Production must occur in a clean, uncontaminated facility that is free from any potential toxins. After the product is finished, it must be tested for safety. Following all legal regulations, including Food & Drug Administration approval and industry approval is necessary. Prescription drug medications must also pass clinical trial before the drug can go to market.
What are Possible Effects of Defective Pharmaceutical Products?
If over the counter or prescription products have contaminated raw materials, have been contaminated during the manufacturing process or have not been tested for safety, the manufacturer may be held liable. Unsafe over the counter and prescription medications, when taken according to manufacturer’s direction, can cause serious injuries and even death. Side effects include:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Diminished or loss of senses
- Organ damage (liver, kidney, etc.)
- Heart attack
Depending on the dose of the unsafe medication, the individual affected and the medical prognosis, victims can suffer temporary medical setbacks or permanent medical injuries or even death. To determine what damages you or a loved one has suffered and if you are entitled to file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties, you need to speak with a Fayette County PI lawyer. When you call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 you will understand what rights you have under Georgia law. When you call our law firm, you will be able to schedule a free legal consultation with a Fayette County PI lawyer and have your individual circumstances evaluated.