Medicines and medical devices are expected to make people feel better and improve their health. However, medicine and medical devices are like any other product in that they are susceptible to manufacturing defects, design defects, warning defects, or other problems for which the consumer is not to blame. Additionally, some medical devices and medicines may contain latent hazards that are not readily apparent until they are used by a wide variety of people.
- The FDA has reported that recalls of defective medical devices has doubled from 2003 to 2012.
- In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled 40 different kinds of medicine, including Zyrtec and Benadryl, because they may have contained metal shavings as a manufacturing defect.
- PENTAX Medical Company recently issued a recall for 76 of its Gas/Water valves used by doctors on patients due to a manufacturing defect that would put a patient at risk of various injuries, including sepsis, bowel perforations that would require surgical repair, and even death.
Examples of Damages for Dangerous Medicines
- The pharmaceutical company Merck was required to pay $4.5 million in compensatory damages when a court found that it had misled the FDA with regard to the safety of its drug Vioxx.
- GlaxoSmithKline was required to pay the federal government $750 million in 2010 for selling misidentified and improperly manufactured drugs in the United States.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me With a Medicine Accident Lawsuit?
Accidents involving pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices often happen when people least expect something to go wrong. If you have been injured from a medical device or a medication, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. You lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries.