Medications & Medical Devices
When your doctor prescribes a medication, you should expect to be told of all possible side effects and that the medication is properly manufactured. However, this is not always the case.
Defective medications are a major problem in the U.S. and can have catastrophic consequences.
All medications on the market in the U.S. are required to go through an application and approval process with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prior to completing an application with the FDA, drug companies, in most cases, must conduct clinical trials to test the overall safety of a drug, and how well the drug works. These clinical trials are conducted with a limited number of individuals and for a limited testing timeframe.
The FDA’s approval process is not without its flaws. Because the clinical trial process is limited in time and number of participants, some side effects may not be detected or can be under-reported. Additionally, generic drugs are approved through a shorter process. Generic drugs do not have to undergo clinical trials in order to obtain FDA approval. Generic drugs only have to show they are the “bioequivalent” to the brand name.
If you have used a drug that has harmed you, contact us right away. We will review any drug case you might have.
If you have received a medical device, it is probably because your life depended on it and your doctor recommended it. However, these devices can fail to work as they should and may even harm patients. If you have had a medical device and suffered because of it contact us. We are have attorneys with 40 years of practice experience and 10 years of healthcare work experience. We currently have cases involving:
- Power morcellators
- Bair Hugger
- Knee implants
All medical devices are required to go through an application process with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The application process usually involves a clinical trial period, during which a medical device company tests its device on individuals to verify the devices work as intended and determine side effects.
This clinical trial period is usually short and does not cover the full time frame that individuals will need this device. This can result in inaccurate information related to the frequency and extent of side effects.
Medical devices that have been a part of past litigation includes: implants used in knee and hip replacement surgeries, implantable cardiac devices, and implantable birth control devices.