Before any drug can be released to the market, it must pass extensive tests and clinical trials. During that time, drugs are tested for safety, toxicity, side effects and efficacy. For many drugs, the final step in this process is receiving clearance for distribution from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Even though drugs are tested extensively before they hit the market, many dangerous drugs are made available to consumers. If you suffered serious side effects because of an unsafe drug, an experienced defective drug claims lawyer can hold the negligent parties accountable and help you receive the compensation you deserve. At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC, we represent individuals in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee who suffered after taking dangerous drugs, including:
- Ortho Evra
Who Is Responsible For Defective Drugs?
Drug manufacturers are responsible for authorizing the appropriate tests before submitting their drugs for FDA approval. However, in an effort to save time and make a profit more quickly, some companies cut corners, skipping necessary testing or failing to make changes after test results show negative side effects. Drug manufacturers are also expected to include complete warning labels on their products, so consumers can make well-informed decisions before purchasing anything.
Pharmacists and doctors are also expected to ensure that the products they prescribe do not cause harm or react negatively with another drug an individual may be taking. Pharmacists must provide the correct dosage of the correct medication, and doctors must consider the potential side effects before prescribing anything.
Any party that fails to meet its professional standards should be held liable for the damage caused. If you are interested in learning more about the compensation you may be eligible for, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. We can be reached through our online contact form or by calling (865) 546-1111.