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How Does a Drug Get Approval for Use?
New drugs are going through the review process and arriving on the consumer market all the time, according to information from Drugs.com, which states that annually, spending on the manufacture and approval of pharmaceutical medications totals nearly $13 billion. Pharmaceutical companies that are developing a drug must put that medication through clinical trials with no less than several thousand patients, a process which takes several years to complete.
Prior to the clinical trials, however, the pharmaceutical medication must go through a number of additional rigorous tests and processes in order to receive approval. These rules and regulations are monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the federal agency which governs the use and distribution of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs, unlike over-the-counter drugs, fall into a category of their own, which subjects them to strict compliance standards and thorough testing in order to be released for prescribing. While the FDA does evaluate new and proposed pharmaceutical drugs, the manufacturer themselves are responsible for the testing and trials that each drug must go through.
How a Massachusetts Dangerous Drug Attorney Can Help
Holding a pharmaceutical company liable for dangerous drugs is a difficult task. These are large corporations, with both the financial and legal resources to fight back against any claims made against them. Yet you needn’t go through this process alone. A Massachusetts dangerous drug attorney can provide assistance to you throughout the entirety of your case. He or she could be a valuable resource in helping to determine the extent of harm you were forced to endure, to assess how much is needed to compensate for your injuries, to negotiate with the drug company in an attempt to settle your claim, and to represent your interests at trial if necessary.
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.