Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey Articles Defective Prescription Drugs Can Harm You

Defective Prescription Drugs Can Harm You

By Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey  Oct. 28, 2010 9:37a

The pharmaceutical giants, as well as their distributors and retailers, just like any other manufacturer of products, have a legal obligation and responsibility to assure the safety of those products to the public, but this does not always occur. We see advertisements all around us promoting various prescription drugs for almost every type of physical condition you can think of including drugs for emotional difficulties like depression.

They seem innocent enough as doctors prescribe them all the time, but unbeknownst to a large part of the general public, many lawsuits are going on behind the scenes for the dangerous side effects that were not made known well enough to the public, if at all. Lawsuits are abounding for the resulting side effects of these drugs. Many popular drugs are now being exposed.

Common Side Effects

Some of the side effects of these prescription drugs which prompted many of these lawsuits are as follows:

  • Heart failure
  • Nervous disorders
  • Kidney problems and failure
  • Liver problems and failure
  • Strokes
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Violent behavior
  • Blood clots
  • Diabetes
  • Birth defects
  • Wrongful death

This list is by no means complete but does give you an idea of the wide scope of the problems that can result from the side effects of these drugs. A New Hampshire product liability lawyer can help you if you feel you or someone you love may be a victim of a defective drug.

A recent addition to the list of lawsuits happening in this area involves a drug called Accutane, a prescription drug for treating severe forms of acne. It was also sold as a generic drug under the names Roaccutane, Isotretinoin, Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret. This drug was originally approved by the U.S. FDA in 1982 and then recalled in June of 2009 supposedly for "business reasons," not for reasons relating to safety or efficacy, so the manufacturer had stated.

The recall it turns out, was called after the company lost numerous product liability lawsuits which involved negative long term side effects of Accutane. To this date, the company has had an excess of $30 million in awards which it had to pay victims as a result of these lawsuits. It has been alleged, as in many other similar types of lawsuits involving prescription drugs that the company attempted to withhold study results from the public involving the dangerous side effects of the drug.

Seek Competent Legal Help

If you suspect that have been injured by a defective prescription drug, contact us at Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey. We have been representing clients in New Hampshire for over 30 years in personal injury law, including class action litigation cases. Holding companies responsible for negligence resulting in injury or death from their defective drugs is important to curb the unnecessary damage and suffering. We will work diligently on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact a New Hampshire Product Liability Lawyer for a free case evaluation and we will advise you of what steps you can take next.

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