Many products liability lawsuits involve drugs and medicines because of the potential harm defective and dangerous drugs can cause to victims. Pharmaceutical drugs must be tested according to Food and Drug Administration standards prior to entry into the market. These rules are designed to protect the public, patients and users of the drugs.
Simply because a drug has been through the process involving the FDA does not mean that a drug manufacturer may not be liable for harm caused by the drug. In some instances, the drug manufacturer may have failed to adequately fulfill their duty to warn. Drug manufacturers must warn of potential side effects of the drug. When a victim has been harmed by a dangerous or defective drug, the manufacturer may be liable, based on the circumstances, to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered.
Victims of defective or dangerous drugs can suffer serious injuries and harm. Likewise, surviving family members of a loved one killed by a dangerous or defective drug may also suffer harm because of the loss of their loved one. Victims may suffer medical expenses, lost wages and emotional damages associated with a dangerous or defective drug. Families may suffer additional damages associated with the death of a loved one because of a dangerous or defective product.
Because of the serious harm dangerous and defective drugs can cause to victims, products liability is an area of the law that protects the public, patients and those that use pharmaceutical drugs. Victims and their families should be familiar with these options when they have suffered harm because of a dangerous or defective drug.
Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Pharmaceutical Drug Liability," Accessed Sept. 26, 2017