Posted on March 5, 2011 by emorgan
Defective Drugs Lawsuits
Pharmaceutical companies have a great responsibility. They are dealing with people’s health and lives – they are selling products that people buy and take in (and at a huge profit at that). Thus, pharmaceuticals have to make sure that the drugs they sell are safe for consumers, whether these are over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies have the responsibility of warning consumers of the dangers related to taking the product – including ill effects when taken in conjunction with other drugs, any side effects or whether it is advisable to be taken by patients who already have a certain health condition. Pharmaceuticals must also warn consumers about what can happen to someone who decides to stop taking the drug.
Most of the time, these drugs are products of intensive research and are designed to produce health benefits to those who take it. However, some drugs that get released into the market can actually be harmful (and even dangerous) to the consumers. These are what we call defective drugs – these are medical products that cause injury, illness (either physical or mental) or even death to its consumers.
The FDA defines defective drugs as those whose side effects are dangerous and thus the harm they may do outweighs the benefits they may provide. Due to the nature of the medications, people may not see the ill-effects until many years down the road. By this time, there already may be many cases of devastating illness or wrongful death as a result of one’s taking the drugs.
Cases of defective drugs aren’t new– but these days, instances of defective drugs are becoming more frequent. This may have to do with the challenge of being able to release the latest and most “innovative” drugs.
Avandia by GlaxoSmithKline
Such is the case with GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug, Avandia. A lawsuit was filed against the company for producing a defective drug and for failing to accurately warn the consumers about the health risks related to the popular drug. The family of James Burford filed a complaint when Burford died of a heart attack after he used the drug.
This is actually the first lawsuit covering Avandia to be filed in federal court. However, a day before the case was to go on trial, the pharmaceutical giant settled with the complainant with a whopping $750 million. Although GlaxoSmithKline still stands by its claim that Avandia is safe when administered properly, it has decided to settle the lawsuit case in order to avoid “inherent risks and significant costs of litigation”.
Avandia rose to popularity and has produced billions annually for the pharmaceutical due to its purported ability to improve insulin-sensitivity in a type II diabetes patient and thus “cure” his illness. It is said to work by lowering blood sugar levels and also controlling the production of glucose. However, thousands of people have suffered from debilitating illness and lifelong disability as a result of taking the drug. Side effects include heart attacks, heart failure or stroke. Aside from this, Avandia is also linked with other side effects such as anemia, failing vision, fatigue and bone fractures.
Thus, aside from the case mentioned above, the pharmaceutical is also faced with a number of class action suits. GlaxoSmithKline has already settled some of these by paying some $460 million to cases filed by about 10,000 people.
Defective Drug Lawsuits
The Avandia case is just one of the many examples of defective drugs that have caused severe injury to those who take it. There are still many lawsuits related to defective drugs. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a defective drug, you can file a lawsuit or sign up in a class action suit in order to claim for compensation from the erring pharmaceutical.
However, lawsuits involving defective drugs can drain the complainant not just physically and emotionally, but also financially. Waiting for the settlement to come (whether the case actually goes into court or is settled out of court) can result in financial distress to the complainant. Aside from the medical expenses related to treating the side effects, the patient may be so debilitated or disabled to the point that they may have lost their job for a period of time. There is a temptation of just settling with the pharmaceutical’s representative just for the sake of getting one’s hands into much-need funds.
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