Although the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) strives to prevent unsafe drugs from entering consumers’ hands, it does occur. Thousands of people are injured or die from drug side effects. These drugs are approved for use to treat a medical condition.
The FDA may determine after the drugs are on the market that they have serious side effects. One example of a potential unsafe drug is Avastin.
Avastin is an anti-cancer drug approved by the FDA in 2004 for breast cancer. The prescription is supposed to be used in combination with chemotherapy.
Avastin prevents tumor growth by stopping new blood vessels from delivering nutrients and oxygen to the tumors. Avastin has been associated with various side effects and health risks.
Avastin was used as an off-label prescription drug by certain medical professionals. The term “off-label” refers to the FDA approving a medication for a specific type of use.
However, medical professionals have used the medication to treat a different condition. Avastin was injected into the eye to treat macular degeneration, which is a use that it was not approved for.
Common serious side effects included infections because of possible low white blood cell count and internal bleeding. Dangerous side effects for Avastin include:
In addition, Avastin may interact with other drugs and medical treatments, further increasing risks. Some side effects can lead to long-term medical conditions.
Roche is the company responsible for manufacturing Avastin. Lawsuits against Avastin’s manufacturer may be based on various legal theories, including defective product legal theories.
A defective product is any product causing harm to an individual because of a design defect, faulty labeling, or defective manufacturing. To win a lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove certain points, or elements, which include:
- The product had an unreasonable, dangerous defect;
- The defect caused an injury when used in a way intended; and
- The product had not been altered from the way it was prescribed.
In other cases, it may be possible to sue a medical professional under medical malpractice laws. An example of this is where a doctor makes an error and prescribes Avastin to the wrong patient, resulting in an injury.
It can be frustrating when a drug such as Avastin ends up causing harm through a side effect that the manufacturer or your doctor failed to warn you about.
You may wish to contact a personal injury lawyer about filing a lawsuit for the injuries suffered by you or a loved one. Your attorney can provide legal research and representation to assist you for your case.