Oklahoma City Dangerous Drug Attorneys
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.
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.
Types of Dangerous Drug Cases We Handle
At Fulmer Sill, our Oklahoma City dangerous drug attorneys have extensive experience representing victims of all types of defective and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications.
We are currently accepting cases involving the following drugs:
Click the links above to learn more about ongoing litigation involving each of these pharmaceutical drugs, or reach out to our team directly to discuss the specific details of your situation. We offer complimentary case evaluations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe anything upfront or out of pocket when you work with our firm. Instead, we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict for you.
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.
You can rely on our tenacious and hardworking team to fight tirelessly for every penny you are owed.