Dangerous Drugs

If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective pharmaceutical or over-the-counter medication, contact the team at Fulmer Sill right away.

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Defective & Harmful Pharmaceutical Medications

Advances in modern medicine have led to the development of numerous beneficial and even life-saving drugs. While the majority of these drugs serve to improve the lives, health, and safety of millions of Americans, some pose an unreasonable risk of injury, bodily harm, and death.

With decades of combined legal experience, our Oklahoma City dangerous drug attorneys are prepared to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable for the immense pain and suffering you have experienced. Our firm has earned a reputation for aggressive litigation tactics and a collaborative approach to resolving even the toughest of cases. We offer a high-end, client-focused experience based on our core values of service, communication, integrity, and respect. Our attorneys are ready to represent you and your rights, fighting for the full and fair compensation you are owed.

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What Makes a Drug Defective?

Like other consumer goods and products, pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications may contain a wide variety of defects. Essentially, if a drug has some flaw, or if it poses an unreasonable risk of bodily injury or harm to the consumer, it is considered “defective.”

Some examples of common pharmaceutical drug defects include:

  • Tainted or contaminated drugs
  • Unreasonable side effects
  • Falsified test results
  • Improper FDA approval
  • Misleading or false advertising
  • Inadequate or missing safety warnings
  • Improper marketing

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for reviewing the safety of new and existing drugs, pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers are the ones who actually conduct drug testing. In most cases, they are also the ones to issue voluntary recalls, though the FDA may issue mandatory recalls on drugs whose risks far outweigh the benefits. All too often, pharmaceutical companies disregard the health and wellbeing of their customers and, instead, prioritize profits over public safety. As a result, millions of people are harmed or even killed by defective and dangerous drugs each year.

Market Withdrawals vs. Recalls

When a drug is found to be unsafe or defective, but the safety hazard posed by the drug cannot be corrected, the drug will typically be removed from the market. In some cases, the drug may be recalled, meaning all existing units must be returned. However, in other instances, a pharmaceutical company or manufacturer may decide to simply “withdraw” the drug from the market.

When a drug is withdrawn, the pharmaceutical company stops manufacturing and distributing the drug, but there is no requirement to return existing drugs already on the market. This might be done when numerous people are already using and depending on the drug and returning it or discontinuing use would be potentially dangerous. Unfortunately, this also means that those who already have access to the drug could be at risk of the very safety hazard that instigated the product withdrawal.

Another reason products, including pharmaceutical drugs, are removed from the market rather than recalled is to avoid bad publicity. If a drug becomes the subject of product liability litigation or a class action lawsuit, the pharmaceutical company may experience significant damage to its reputation and profitability. To avoid additional bad press, the company may choose to withdraw the drug from the market, rather than issue an actual recall.

FAQs About Dangerous Drugs

What constitutes a dangerous drug in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, a dangerous drug refers to any medication or pharmaceutical product that poses significant health risks or potential harm to consumers when used as intended.

What types of injuries can result from dangerous drugs?

Injuries associated with dangerous drugs can vary widely, including but not limited to organ damage, birth defects, cardiovascular issues, neurological disorders, and even death.

Who can be held liable for injuries caused by dangerous drugs in Oklahoma?

Liability can extend to pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, distributors, prescribing physicians, and pharmacists who played a role in the distribution or prescription of the dangerous drug.

What legal recourse do victims have in Oklahoma for injuries caused by dangerous drugs?

Victims may pursue legal action through dangerous drug injury claims, seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages through lawsuits or settlements.

Is there a time limit for filing a dangerous drug injury claim in Oklahoma?

Yes, Oklahoma has a statute of limitations, typically allowing two years from the date of injury discovery to file a dangerous drug injury claim. It's crucial to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure compliance with legal deadlines.

How can victims prove their dangerous drug injury claims in Oklahoma?

Evidence such as medical records, expert testimonies, product labeling, and documentation of adverse reactions can help establish the link between the drug and the injury, strengthening the victim's case.

Are there any class-action lawsuits related to dangerous drugs in Oklahoma?

Class-action lawsuits involving dangerous drugs may exist, allowing multiple individuals with similar claims to consolidate their cases for efficiency. Victims should inquire with legal professionals regarding ongoing class actions.

Can victims receive compensation for punitive damages in Oklahoma dangerous drug injury claims?

Yes, in some cases, victims may be awarded punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages, especially if the defendant's actions were deemed particularly egregious or reckless.

Should I consult with an attorney for a dangerous drug injury claim in Oklahoma?

Absolutely. Consulting with an experienced attorney specializing in dangerous drug injury claims in Oklahoma can provide crucial guidance and representation throughout the legal process, maximizing the chances of a favorable outcome.

How can I find legal assistance for a dangerous drug injury claim in Oklahoma?

Victims can research and contact reputable law firms or legal organizations specializing in personal injury and dangerous drug cases. Additionally, seeking referrals from trusted sources or professional associations can help find competent legal representation.

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What Responsibility Does the FDA and Pharmaceutical Companies Have to Consumers?

Like other product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to create, produce, and distribute medications that are reasonably safe for consumer use. When a pharmaceutical drug is shown to have unreasonably dangerous side effects, cause harmful drug interactions, or otherwise not work as intended, pharmaceutical companies should immediately alert the public and either recall the drug or remove it from the market.

Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should carefully review drug research, testing, and trials to ensure the safety of various pharmaceutical medications. If a medication is deemed unreasonably dangerous or defective, it should not be allowed into the hands of consumers.

Unfortunately, many pharmaceutical medications slip through the cracks. When dangerous or defective drugs get into the hands of consumers, the consequences can be devastating—and the liable party should be held accountable.

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