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With the dozens of new prescription drugs that come onto the market every year, it is unfortunate that many of them end up doing more harm than good. One of the largest areas of product liability litigation is centered on the unintended side effects of
dangerous drugs. One small pill can cause an enormous amount of devastation for a victim if it was designed or marketed out of negligence.
We would like to think that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are designed to help those who use them live healthier and happier lives. However, yearly reports reveal that millions of consumers suffer severe and even life-ending injuries due to unintended or unreported side effects of the drugs that they use. While it is true that drug companies make the drugs with the intention that they help those in need, many times the priority for them becomes selling the product rather than ensuring that it is safe and effective.
Drugs can be defective in the same way as other products. However, the key difference between defective drugs and other defective products is how significant of an impact they can have on a person's life. The defects in a drug are not something that can be detected as easily as other defects and many times, the danger is not known until it is too late. Just like in other product liability claims, there are three main ways that a drug product can be defective to the point of causing injury:
Design Defects: These are problems that are inherent in the design or creation of the drug. Unfortunately, design defects effect the entire collection of drugs made according to that original design. This means that the effects of that defect can reach the entirety of consumers who use that drug.
Manufacturing Defects: These are defects that arise during the actual production of the drug. Manufacturing defects are often caused by the use of cheap materials or negligent workmanship. The scope of the impact of a marketing defect depends on how many batches of the drug were made with that defect.
Marketing Defects: These are some of the most dangerous and most prevalent defects to arise in the drug market. While the drug may not be defective in and of itself, perfectly good medicines often have side effects and risks inherent in their nature. It is the responsibility of the drug company to warn of these risks and to market the drug clearly to consumers so that they are aware of the possible side effects. Drugs should also contain proper instructions as to their use so that consumers do not use them in a way or to an extent that may be dangerous. When a drug company neglects to market side effects, fails to reasonable foresee possible risks or intentionally hides defects in their marketing tactics, they should be held accountable for the injuries their actions cause.
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When a company is involved in the well-being of its consumers, thoughts of revenue and money should never be favored over the safety of a product. Drug companies that design, make or market a product out of negligence or greed should be sanctioned for their actions. If you or a loved one was injured because of a drug they took, you should contact a Seattle personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your options of seeking compensation. At Ward Smith, PLLC, we can help you build a solid case so that you and your family are compensated for the pain, heartache and injury you endured.