Atlanta Pharmaceuticals Attorneys
Every day people rely on the amazing accomplishments of medical science to maintain or achieve good health. We use pills that lower cholesterol, cough drops that treat cold symptoms, and insulin shots that help control diabetes. Any time we use a medication, we trust that it will work as advertised and not cause unexpected side effects. Unfortunately, drug manufacturers and distributors sometimes fail to live up to that trust, putting products on the market that are somehow defective. These defects can have long-lasting consequences precisely because they directly impact the body.
The product liability attorneys at Ausband & Dumont believe that pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible when they recklessly endanger the public by distributing unsafe drugs. In fact, U.S. law does hold drug companies legally responsible for the quality of their products. That means when a company fails to alert you to possible secondary effects or when their drugs are unsafe, you are entitled to financial compensation.
Examples of Dangerous Pharmaceuticals
Drug companies sometimes rush products through testing or fail to account for all possible side effects on the packaging. These oversights can cause irreparable harm to countless people. Some examples of drugs that had to be pulled from the market because of dangers that came to light after release include:
- Diethylstilbestrol (DES): this synthetic estrogen analog was taken by pregnant women and caused intense health problems—including infertility and cancer—for their children
- Baycol (cerivastatin): this cholesterol-lowering drug has been linked to fatal rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder
- Fen-Phen (pondimin/phentermine): this weight loss aid was found to cause serious heart valve damage
- Vioxx (rofecoxib): this drug, meant to treat osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, and acute pain in adults, was linked to strokes and heart attacks
The Food and Drug Administration regularly recalls drugs that fail to meet safety standards, but each of these dangerous products was released onto public markets before a recall was announced. When this happens, it might be due to the negligence of a drug company.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the unintended effects of a pharmaceutical drug, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the product liability attorneys of Ausband & Dumont by calling (404) 812-0051. Our skilled legal team can tell you more about your consumer rights and help you decide how to best proceed.