Drugs are supposed to help you get better, but in many cases drugs have side effects that are as bad as or worse than the condition they are supposed to treat. These risks are often concealed from everyone outside the company, including doctors and the FDA, and may take a decade or more to become clear, long after the drug has become popular and profitable. Due to the profitability of certain blockbuster drugs, some pharmaceutical drug manufacturers can be extremely reluctant to settle defective drug claims. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one due to a defective drug, you may be able to get compensation for your injury or loss. To learn about your options, please contact AccidentAttorneys.org today to talk to a defective drug claims attorney in your area.
Concealing Dangers of Drugs
No one knows more about a pharmaceutical drug than its manufacturer. This is a principle the Supreme Court has used to decide that manufacturers are responsible when their labeling contains inadequate warnings, and it is often true that the manufacturer knows enough about their product to conceal its dangers.
Once a manufacturer is aware of a potential risk, they can design studies that will seem to give information about the drug, but do not reveal important details because they:
Are not large enough to show risks
Compare the drug with treatments that have similar risks
Use a population with confounding factors
As the studies are being completed, researchers can even tweak the results by excluding certain subjects from the final data for arbitrary reasons. To find that this has been done, regulators and doctors would have to pour over millions of pages of documents that are held at the company and only available under special request.
In addition, when researchers at universities discover the risks independently, they are threatened by the company, which may call the dean or department head and threaten to file slander or libel lawsuits.
Promoting Dangerous Drugs
At the same time the drug manufacturer is concealing the risks of a drug, they are making sure it is being prescribed. They may give free samples to doctors and hire other doctors to talk up the benefits of the drug, often at special conferences that doctors are paid to attend. The company may commission studies specifically designed to make the drug look good, and suppress the publication of studies that reveal weaknesses.
You may have seen the advertisements aimed directly at you related to the drug itself, but they also often promote awareness of the condition the drug is used to treat, which may not in itself be serious.
Advertising efforts like these can push the drug’s earnings into the billion-dollar range long before the dangerous effects of the drug become known.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help
When attempting to get compensation for an injury caused by a dangerous drug, your attorney must have expertise in many areas such as pharmacology, medicine, and biology as well as the complexities of the law—or have access to experts in those areas. Attorneys without this level of expertise may be unable to handle your case, and may make it so you cannot get compensation.
The attorneys at AccidentAttorneys.org are all recognized experts in personal injury law. They have been recognized by their peers or independent ratings agencies for their high level of competence.
To talk to an experienced defective drug claims attorney, please contact AccidentAttorneys.org today.