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Drug Approval Process
Drug manufacturers are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test their products so that they may be submitted for review. The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is the primary consumer drug evaluator, responsible for preventing dishonest practices and providing doctors and patients with the information needed to use medications appropriately. Physicians, pharmacologists and other scientists within the CDER review a drug’s data and information before determining whether or not the drug will be approved for consumer sale.
Once a drug is available to the public, the FDA will require that the drug maker continue to monitor the drug’s side effects and reactions so that new warnings may be issued, if such information is needed.
Dangerous Drug Risks
Each year, new drugs are approved by the FDA and placed on the market for consumer use. In the United States, the pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars every year, and many companies rigorously market and advertise their products to maximize profits in spite of a drug’s potential dangerous side effects. In some cases, some advertising claims may be fraudulent or misleading and patients may develop serious complications as a result of taking those medications.
Dangerous side effects and risks associated with some defective drugs include:
- Heart attack
- Kidney disease and injury
- Increased risk of stroke
- Severe birth defects
- Depression or suicide
- Compulsive behaviors
- Uncontrollable bleeding
Other serious side effects and risks may exist. The FDA advises all patients and doctors to note any adverse reactions as they occur and to report them as soon as possible to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Claims
When numerous related civil actions have been filed in more than one federal district, those cases may be consolidated and tried in a single federal district court. Plaintiffs and their attorneys are allowed to share common evidence, and this type of litigation (known as multidistrict litigation), is often used for product liability cases involving dangerous drugs and the companies that manufacture and market them.
An Oregon dangerous drug attorney can provide help to individuals who have been injured as a result of taking a dangerous drug. Pharmaceutical companies have both legal and financial resources to fight claims brought against them, and those who wish to hold drug companies liable for their actions should not do it by themselves. Bad drug attorneys are there to assist those in need by determining the extent of harm, assessing how much compensation is needed, and representing the interests of patients and individuals at court proceedings if necessary.
How an Oregon 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.