When your doctor prescribes medication or you purchase an over-the-counter medication, you expect that medication to be safe to use. You expect the medication to perform as prescribed. While the medication may have some side-effects, you do not expect to become seriously ill or develop a life-threatening condition from taking the medication. However, some medications can cause life-threatening conditions.

If you became ill or developed another condition while taking medication, you might have a claim against one or more parties for your damages. The Olinde Firm’s nationwide defective drug attorneys assist individuals by investigating and filing claims for dangerous or defective drugs. If you have questions, contact our office by calling toll-free 1-800-587-1889 to speak with an experienced pharmaceutical injury attorney.

Check the FDA’s Drug Recall List and Safety Alert List

One way you can obtain information about a drug and its side effects is to visit the FDA’s website. The FDA maintains a database of information on drug recalls, market withdrawals, and Safety Alerts. You can obtain a substantial amount of information by visiting the website and searching for the name of the drug you are taking.

For example, if you search the website for Invokana, you can access information about increased risk of foot and leg amputations associated with taking canagliflozin. Before taking any new medication, you should check the FDA’s list and discuss any warnings or Safety Alerts with your physician. It is important to understand all risks associated with a drug so that you can make an informed decision about taking the drug.

However, even though you might know about potential risks, this does not necessarily mean you cannot pursue a defective drug claim. You might still have a valid legal claim against one or more parties if the drug caused you harm. You should discuss your case with an experienced pharmaceutical liability attorney to determine whether you have a claim.

Discuss Your Case with One of Our Dangerous Drug Attorneys

Our nationwide pharmaceutical litigation attorneys handle a variety of claims, including cases involving:

There are several ways a drug manufacturer or pharmaceutical company can be held liable for injuries associated with using a specific drug. Examples of negligence by companies include:

  • Failing to test drugs adequately
  • Marketing drugs for uses other than the approved use
  • Manufacturing drugs in contaminated or unsanitary conditions
  • Failing to warn doctors and the public of potential risks and side effects
  • Providing misleading information or failing to disclose information to the FDA
  • Failing to provide adequate information on the proper use of the medication
  • Making false claims regarding the medication

If you believe a medication has led to an illness, injury, or condition, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Your time to file a claim and lawsuit is limited by law. The deadlines could be different depending on the state in which you live or the court in which the lawsuit is filed.

Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a nationwide drug injury attorney. We are based in New Orleans, LA, but we accept cases throughout the United States.