What to do when you are prescribed a Defective Drug
Drugs and medications prescribed by doctors are supposed to help treat or at least alleviate the symptoms of diseases and medical conditions, and in most cases they do. But once in a while, you come across a drug that may be defective or have side effects that may not surface immediately or isn’t easily identified as a side-effect of a particular drug. Just because a drug is being widely used doesn’t mean it is safe. The plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits probably never thought they would need defective drug lawyers either.
Some of the more recent cases of defective drugs discovered involve brands that were once touted as “miracle” drugs and were used by millions of people. These include heart medication Pradaxa, birth control pill Yasmin and diabetes management drug Actos. Most of the cases against these defective drugs are based on allegations of insufficient testing, mislabeling, or failing to warn physicians and patients about all possible side effects.
To prevent or at least minimize the risk of being adversely affected by defective drugs, it is important to have the right information. Keep abreast with the latest updates from the Food and Drug Administration as well as the legal news, recalls, safety alerts and new studies.
If you believe that you may be taking a defective drug, follow these tips to cover your bases whatever happens:
- See your doctor immediately with your concerns/beliefs/knowledge. Describe what side effects you have been experiencing and ask if it is possible a certain drug is responsible.
- Continue taking the medication as prescribed until the doctor tells you to stop.
- Even if your doctor tells you to stop, keep all the remaining drugs, including the box and product inserts as well as the prescription and receipts if possible. These may be needed as evidence if you are eligible to claim compensation for personal injury.
- Keep whatever medical records and notes you have, especially those that deal with the suspected defective drug
- Read the product inserts that come with your medication; it explains possible side effects, contraindications and recommended dosage. If the side effects you are experiencing are not included in the insert, this may also be a basis for a defective drug lawsuit
If you have been injured because you were given a defective drug, the pharmaceutical company is liable for all your medical and personal expenses and costs. Defective drugs lawyers would know how to get it done.