Dangerous Drug Information

Advances in medical research have brought the public many new medications that improve health and either cure or control certain diseases and medical conditions. On the down side, some of these life-saving, life-improving drugs can be dangerous. For example, Risperdal, which is often ordered for children with mental health issues, may have excellent results. It is also a dangerous drug that has the potential for side effects that may be life-threatening or life-altering.

Taking dangerous drugs gives rise to litigation based on product liability law. This means that drug manufacturers and others in the drug distribution chain, including pharmacists, prescribing physicians and nurses and physicians assistants who instruct patients on how to use the drugs may be legally liable when someone is harmed by taking a dangerous drug.

Duties to Consumers

Drug manufacturers are charged with a duty to protect the public from dangerous drugs and to warn them of all possible known side effects that may occur. Prescribing physicians have a duty to be sure their patients are aware of the dangers and properly instructed on how to take the prescribed drugs.

Dangerous drug and product liability law is complex. Establishing fault may be confusing when there are so many in the chain where all or some may be responsible.  There are several different theories of liability and a legion of state and federal laws that apply depending on the specific drug, its manufacturer, the doctor who prescribed the drug, the pharmacist who dispensed the drug and others.

Read our blog about dangerous drugs for more information on specific drugs. If you believe you were injured due to taking a dangerous drug, contact us at Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC for a free consultation.  

Largest Product Liability Recalls of 2016

Manufacturers often issue voluntary recalls of products after becoming aware of problems that can compromise safety. In some cases, the government initiates recalls to protect consumers. Consumers who are hurt by unsafe products can take legal action against companies throughout

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Abilify May Lead to Compulsive Gambling

What is Abilify? Abilify is a prescription medication manufactured by Bristol- Meyers Squibb that has helped many people who struggle with various medical conditions including Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Bi-Polar disorder. It works by adjusting the levels of both

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Viagra May Put You at Risk of Melanoma

Men who use the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil, commercially known as Viagra, have a significantly higher chance of developing deadly skin cancer than men who don’t use the drug, according to a recent study. The study, published in 2014 in

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Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits Related to the Use of Talcum Powder

Update: Johnson and Johnson recently paid out $72 million for cancer death linked to talcum powder.  If you are one of the 20,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, you may be wondering, “did I do something wrong?” The

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Risperdal Lawsuit Awards 2.5 Million to Autistic Man

Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the anti-psychotic Risperdal (risperidone) will have to pay 2.5 million to an autistic man in Pennsylvania who grew breasts while taking the drug. The condition, gynecomastia, is a known side effect of the medication,

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Largest Pharmaceutical Recalls

Even though pharmaceutical drugs undergo rigorous testing and are closely regulated by the government, harmful pharmaceuticals still occasionally reach the market. At times, this may be because serious side effects that never surfaced when the drugs were given to test subjects

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Recall of ISIS™ HVT™ Tracheal Tube Announced by Teleflex Medical

The Teleflex ISIS HVT Tracheal Tube Cuffed with Subglottic Secretion Suction Port was the first convertible endotracheal tube put on the market. Its design met the needs of both patients who required long-term and short-term ventilation. Unfortunately, issues have been

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OxyElite Pro Diet Pills Recall: What You Need to Know

On November 10, 2013, USPlabs LLC announced the recall of some OxyElite Pro diet pill products. The Dallas-based company took action to recall the products in question after the Food and Drug Administration informed them that the products had been

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Child Birth Complications Due to Dangerous Drugs

When you are pregnant everything changes because of the development of your fetus. There may be many possible side-effects both direct and indirect from taking drugs. Some drugs like codeine can be converted into more harmful drugs such as morphine.

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