If a drug or medical device that has been approved for consumer use causes injury to those who use it or take it, the manufacturer of that drug or medical device should be held liable. The area of law that deals with defective drugs is called pharmaceutical liability law.
Pharmaceutical products can be very dangerous and have put people at risk for serious and permanent side effects. We have represented hundreds of clients injured by dangerous drugs and have seen the following catastrophic results resulting from the use of a defective drug:
- Heart attack
- Neurological damage
- Blood clots
- Suicidal tendencies
Types of Defects
There are basically three types of defects in pharmaceutical liability cases:
- Design defects – These occur when the manufacturer fails to design the drug so that it is safe for its intended use. A manufacturer is expected to anticipate all risks of drugs.
- Manufacturing defects – As their name implies, these are defects that occur during the manufacture of the drug. The design may be flawless, but the drug can still be extremely dangerous if it was not manufactured properly.
- Marketing defect – A marketing defect would be the failure to warn about dangerous side effects of the drug. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to warn about potential side effects and all adverse reactions with other drugs.
Craig Swapp & Associates Pharmaceutical Liability Cases
In recent years, the pharmaceutical liability attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates have helped hundreds of clients who have been injured by defective drugs. We have represented clients who have suffered due to the following:
- Gadolinium MRI Contrast Agent – This is a substance injected into patients to prepare them for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). While this product provides a greater contrast between normal and abnormal tissue, it can be dangerous to people with kidney problems. One very serious condition that can result from a bad reaction to the contrast agent is called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD).
- Orthoevra Birth Control Patch – While this birth control method is very convenient, the orthoevra patch contains a very high level of estrogen, which increases your chances of suffering a thrombotic event, leading to blood clotting, stroke, heart attack or death.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – This provides menopausal women with hormones from an external source and can result in side effects such as breast cancer, weight gain, blood clots, heart attack, stroke and genito-urinary complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered or died due to taking a defective drug in the Spokane, Washington area, please contact the experienced pharmaceutical liability attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates today to schedule your no-cost, confidential consultation. One call, that’s all.