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The Dangerous Drug Recall Process
When a large number of patients experience adverse effects as a result of taking a prescription medication, the drug can be recalled. In addition to being a health hazard, there are many other reasons why a medication might be recalled either by the FDA or by the drug’s manufacturer. For instance, a prescription drug might be recalled if it is mislabeled or packaged poorly or if it is contaminated with either a harmful or non-harmful substance during the production process.
A medication can also be recalled if manufacturing defects affect its purity, potency or quality or if the medication does not match what is inside of its packaging. In general, there is a specific process involved before a medication is recalled. The FDA states that once their agency hears about a problem, they notify the public when they believe that a serious hazard has developed. To do this, the organization either posts updates to its website, issues press releases or holds press conferences.
After notifying the public, the FDA then determines if necessary action has been taken either to correct the medication or remove it. At this point, the organization reviews what actions have been taken, and deems them appropriate or not. Finally, if it is believed that a recall is needed, the agency issues either a Class I, II or III recall, based on how serious the health problems associated with using the medication are. While Class III recalls are not extremely serious, Class I recalls are issued when the use of a prescription medication has the potential to cause severe health problems and in some cases, death.
Attorneys are alleging serious injuries and other complications in South Carolina dangerous drug lawsuits being filed on behalf of affected patients.
Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Claims
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 South Carolina 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.
How a South Carolina Dangerous Drug Attorney Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. 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.
Top Bad Drugs
Some patients who have been prescribed the blood pressure medication Benicar claim that they experienced severe gastrointestinal side effects and other complications, including chronic diarrhea, and that the side effects have become serious issues, even requiring hospitalization.Learn More