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What Causes Pharmaceutical Injuries?

An investigation into the cause of a drug injury may find the manufacturer was negligent

It may have taken some time to diagnose what’s wrong with you, but your doctors have determined that your illness or injury was the side effect of a prescription medication that you were taking. You were not made aware of the possible side effects prior to taking the medication, and you have learned that doctor didn’t know about the possible side effects either.

Now you have questions. If your illness or injury was caused by a prescription drug’s side effects, then did the pharmaceutical company know about the risk? Should the pharmaceutical company have known about the risk? How did this happen?

Three Possible Causes of Prescription Drug Injuries

Generally, pharmaceutical injuries occur because:

  • There was a design defect. Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to study medications, to design a reasonably safe product for patients that can be manufactured in such a way that its benefits outweigh its risks, and to identify any potential side effects so that patients can be adequately warned.
     
  • There was a manufacturing defect. Prescription medications must be manufactured according to their design. Any deviation from the design could result in contamination, mislabeling or other problems that make the drug unsafe.
     
  • The pharmaceutical company failed to warn you or your doctor about the medication’s potential side effects. Prescription drug companies have duty to warn patients and doctors about risks that they know about or that they should know about. This includes truthful, complete, and accurate drug labeling and advertising.

It takes just one of these three causes to cause a significant injury.

What Caused Your Prescription Drug Injury?

It will likely require a thorough investigation to find out, but it is not an investigation that you need to do on your own. The pharmaceutical company is unlikely to be forthcoming about what caused your injury. However, you have the right to contact a pharmaceutical class action lawyer who can help you determine what caused your injury and who can help you protect your right to a fair recovery. Contact us anytime—day or night—via this website or by phone 1-800-800-5678 to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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