When it comes to medications and prescriptions, it’s important that patients get the desired effects from the drugs prescribed to them, lest their afflictions turn for the worse. Where prescription drugs have caused serious harm than relief, patients can—with the help of personal injury lawyers in Brooklyn—go after the manufacturers who produced the defective drugs.
Under the Defective Drugs Law, a certain drug is considered defective when 1). It has been manufactured improperly (or if the drug has been contaminated in the process of manufacturing, thereby causing harm to people); 2). If the drug was manufactured correctly, although its side effects caused the harm or injury; and 3). If the drug had failed to sufficiently warn or provide sufficient instructions and recommendations for its use.
In recent years, there have been many lawsuits filed against certain brands of antidepressants. A case in point is Zoloft, which is advertised in the market to treat conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Upon its introduction in 1991, however, the drug was met with numerous complaints, especially from mothers. The drug has also been the subject of numerous Food and Drug Administration alerts regarding the drug’s side effects. While minor side effects, such as drowsiness and stomach cramps are more common complaints, the drug has also been reported to cause some serious effects, such as having suicidal thoughts.
One of the many complaints raised against certain prescription drugs, was that these drugs have been implicated to have caused numerous birth defects, ranging from cleft palates and club foots, to severe conditions, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension—a condition that causes severe breathing problems for the newborn. Instead of delivering the relief the drugs have promised, they have rather generated more harmful side effects to patients.
Across the country, there have been numerous lawsuits filed against drug manufacturers, claiming, among other things, that the drug makers have failed to sufficiently warn consumers of the potential side effects of their drugs, particularly on birth defects. With certain antidepressant drugs, overwhelming claims have been made against them that multiple lawsuits have been consolidated into a single process known as multidistrict litigation.
If you are not opting for a mass lawsuit, you can choose to file your own legal case with the help of a personal injury attorney in Brooklyn, such as the team from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein. If you have suffered the dangerous side effects of a defective drug, do not delay and seek the compensation you deserve.
(Source: Zoloft Lawsuit Information, FindLaw)