Despite regulations and safety measures set in place by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), errors do occur when medications are being manufactured and prescribed. It is hard to calculate exactly how many people are injured or killed annually by defective drugs, but experts agree that the number is significant.
The FDA requires pharmaceutical companies to list all known possible side effects and complications. Sometimes companies are in a rush to get their products on the market as quickly as possible, and the FDA approves drugs based on limited test results. Other times an error can occur in the manufacturing process, causing the drugs to be much more potent or dangerous than was originally intended. A pharmacist or a doctor can also make mistakes when prescribing or filling prescriptions, or give you medications that are dangerous combined with any others you may be taking.
Drug manufacturers and medical care professionals are responsible for keeping the public safe. Defective drugs can cause serve organ damage, illness, respiratory and cardiovascular damage and even death. If you think you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a defective drug, you need to speak with an experienced attorney immediately.
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