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Patients who require daily medications should be able to expect that these drugs are safe to use and that they are adequately informed of all possible complications, side effects, and risks associated with their use. While manufacturers are obligated to thoroughly research and test medications prior to releasing them to the public, some companies may falter in this aspect and design drugs that can cause life-threatening complications and severe health conditions.
Whether the drug is available over-the-counter or is obtained via prescription, it is considered to be dangerous if it is proven or reported to cause adverse side effects, injury, or death. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that each product made available to the public is safe and relatively free of life-threatening consequences, the agency has recently come under fire from consumers for approving medications that had not been adequately tested by manufacturers.
Although the FDA strives to catch every side effect or complication that could result from use of medications, it is not always possible and some avoid detection. For this reason, the agency established the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) that allows patients to inform the agency of any adverse health conditions that resulted from use of a particular drug. Should the FDA begin to notice a pattern of patients complaining about one specific product, it may consider recalling the product or requiring the manufacturer to conduct additional testing to determine drug’s safety.
Many individuals who consider suing the manufacturer of their defective drug without a lawyer may not have the experience or knowledge to win against the legal teams staffed by most large pharmaceutical companies. Instead, consider seeking legal counsel from an Iowa dangerous drug attorney who can help you build a solid claim to increase your chance of recovering damages from the responsible party.
How an Iowa Dangerous Drug Attorney Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.