When your physician prescribes a new medication, he should discuss all treatment options, including the new medication. Your physician should also discuss the potential benefits and consequences of taking this drug, including any reported side effects and potential dangers. Only after your doctor discloses all information can you make an informed decision. Furthermore, your doctor is probably relying on information provided to him by the drug manufacturer and/or distributor.
Therefore, when you are injured because of a dangerous or defective drug, who is to blame? Is your doctor to blame or is the pharmaceutical company to blame?
Answering the question of fault is crucial in a defective drug case. You must determine who is liable for the defect before you can recover compensation for your damages. Our New Orleans defect drug attorneys represent clients throughout the United States in cases involving defective and dangerous drugs. If you believe you are a victim of a dangerous drug, contact our office for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
What are Defective Drugs?
All drugs have potential side effects. Drug manufacturers test drugs to determine the effectiveness of the drug as well as any potential side effects or dangers. The company is responsible for reporting side effects and results of testing to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Even though a drug is approved for use by the FDA, it does not mean that the drug is completely safe. The FDA routinely issues recalls, safety alerts, and market withdrawals for various drugs. You can find a list and more information on the FDA’s website.
What Can I Do If I Have Been Injured by a Defective Drug?
If you believe the drug you are taking has been recalled or a safety alert has been issued, you should contact your physician immediately. Even if you are unsure whether a drug could be causing the issue, you need to err on the side of caution and call your doctor. Many of the side effects of dangerous drugs can be life-threatening.
After consulting with your physician, you need to consult with a defective drug attorney as quickly as possible. Our nationwide defective drug attorneys in New Orleans represent patients who have been injured by dangerous or defective drugs. Our attorneys currently handle cases involving these potentially dangerous drugs and more:
- Onglyza / Kombiglyze
- Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If you do not see the drug you are taking on this list, contact our defective drug attorneys to discuss your case. We are continually adding to the list of defective drugs that we handle because patients continue to be injured by pharmaceutical companies who fail to put safety before profits.
Call a New Orleans Defective Drug Attorney for a Free Consultation
You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, losses, and damages from a defective drug. Simply because the drug company listed a potential side effect does not necessarily mean it is not liable for injuries. You need to consult with an experienced product liability attorney to determine if you have a claim.
Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a nationwide pharmaceutical liability attorney.