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If you or a someone you care about has been hurt by a bad drug, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages, among other losses. An affiliated Oklahoma dangerous drug attorney is currently evaluating claims for clients who have been severely hurt by a dangerous drug. Some may wonder why the FDA allows dangerous drugs to be put on the market. While it is their job to make every attempt to keep dangerous drugs off the market, it is not quite that simple. When a drug manufacturer tests a drug, the group taking the drug during its trial is not a group from a large sample of the population, so it is possible that serious side effects could go unnoticed by the manufacturer.
In some cases, when a drug becomes approved for one disease, a drug company may convince doctors to prescribe that same drug for another disease or for a use that is off the label. Sometimes drug companies may decide not to change the warning label of a certain drug when reports of adverse reactions come in because they are concerned this will hurt the sale of the drug. It is unfortunate that drug companies are often large and very wealthy corporations who are sometimes more concerned with their profits than they are about the consumers who use their drugs.
An Oklahoma dangerous drug attorney notes that at least half of all Americans are prescribed medication drugs at one point in their lives, and the use of medication drugs usually increases with age with one out of every six Americans taking three or more prescription drugs. While prescriptions have risks and benefits, some of the severe risks may not have been disclosed to you, or manufacturers even some times market drugs for uses other than those that were approved by the FDA.
How an Oklahoma 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.