Raleigh Prescription Drug Lawsuit Attorney

Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are supposed to help people manage health issues and lead healthier lives. Yet, thousands of people suffer harmful side effects including fatal injuries from dangerous drugs each year.

The dangerous drug lawyers at Hardison & Cochran[1] are committed to holding drug companies accountable when their products cause preventable harm to consumers. We are dedicated to using effective legal advocacy to help injured consumers rebuild their lives and overcome injuries caused by unsafe prescription drugs. Our prescription drug lawyers are currently reviewing dangerous prescription drug lawsuits in North Carolina. If you or your loved one has been harmed by dangerous prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs, let us look at the details and discuss your legal options free of charge.

If the attorneys at Hardison & Cochran handle your dangerous drug case, we will work on a contingent fee basis. You will not have any out of pocket costs. We only receive a legal fee if we obtain compensation for you through a settlement or jury award. We consider it a privilege to use our legal skills to help people who are struggling and need a strong advocate. Call today to find out how a dangerous drug attorney can help you.

What is Considered a Dangerous Drug?

A dangerous drug is a prescription drug that is put on the market without adequate clinical testing to understand its negative side effects. The quicker a drug is released onto the market, the more quickly a pharmaceutical company starts recouping its costs for the development of the drug and making money from it. That profit motive can lead some drug makers to take shortcuts in the clinical trial process to hurry drugs onto the market before they are fully tested.

A dangerous drug is one that causes unexpected adverse effects and interactions with other drugs. The harmful side effects of a drug may not be apparent to medical researchers or regulators until the drug is in wide distribution. Manufacturers are required to report to the FDA any adverse events reported by doctors or patients about a drug.

A dangerous drug is one that does not carry adequate warnings of potential side effects. Sometimes, clinical testing reveals that the drug has certain harmful effects and the manufacturer fails to warn adequately of the risks associated with the drug. Typically, neither the patient nor the patient’s doctor who prescribes the drug has been made aware of the dangers of the drug. The patient should not bear responsibility for the hidden dangers of a drug. The drugmaker should be held to account.

A drug may be dangerous because the drug company’s sales representatives are encouraging doctors to prescribe the drug for treatment purposes for which it has not been approved by the FDA.

A drug may be dangerous because it is contaminated during the manufacturing process. A pharmaceutical company may have failed to maintain environmental controls and allowed microbiological contamination of the manufacturing equipment or areas, leading to the release of contaminated drugs or defective drugs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the safety of drugs, may order follow-up studies after the approval of a drug to gather more information about the drug.

Each year, the FDA receives thousands of reports of side effects and injuries caused by drugs. The FDA may ask a pharmaceutical company to add additional warnings about a drug to the packaging. The FDA also may ask the manufacturer to recall a drug[2] due to side effects that are potentially serious or deadly. But most dangerous prescription drugs are not part of FDA drug recalls and remain available to consumers. These products should always carry adequate warning labels about the risks of using the medication.

Most medications have some risks, but the risks should not outweigh the benefits of the drug. In all of the above situations, the drug manufacturer is legally liable[3] and may be sued for damages, even if the manufacturer did not know the drug would cause a certain harmful effect.

Dangerous drug cases are complicated.

Dangerous Prescription Drug Cases We Handle

Our knowledgeable attorneys handle a wide range of injury claims involving dangerous prescription drugs.

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Who is Liable for Prescription Drug Damages?

Drugmakers are required by law to manufacture and market drugs that are safe and effective when used as intended. They are required to use reasonable care in the design and manufacture of their products.

When drug makers do not adequately test drugs to ensure their safety, release products with manufacturing defects or fail to warn adequately of harmful side effects, they may be liable when consumers suffer preventable injuries.

Injuries sustained from dangerous drugs can have a catastrophic effect on your life, including long-term disability. A patient should not have to pay the hospital bills that accrue due to the adverse effects of a dangerous or defective drug. The drug manufacturer should bear those costs rather than the patient.

Dangerous drugs that have injured thousands of patients may be the subject of mass tort litigation[4] involving hundreds or thousands of lawsuits.

Let the dangerous drug attorneys at Hardison & Cochran review your drug injury and determine whether you are entitled to seek compensation from the pharmaceutical company. By turning to an experienced Raleigh prescription drug lawsuit lawyer for help, you will be in a better position to make informed decisions about pursuing compensation for mounting medical bills, lost time from work and pain and suffering.

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