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Posted by Edna on Jan 7, 2014

Defective Pharmaceutical Products

Modern medicine has undoubtedly been a boon to mankind in incalculable ways. The life span has more than doubled from the early 20th Century of 31 years to the 67.2 years of today worldwide as medical knowledge, technology, and practice significantly improved by leaps and bounds in the last 100 years or so. Sometimes, however, there are defective pharmaceutical products that cuts life short, or considerably impair a patient’s health for no reason other than a breach of the duty of care.

Pharmaceutical companies have been the brunt of numerous personal injury lawsuits in the last two decades, and in most cases for good reason. An article on the website of Williams Kherkher discusses the health complications associated with the transvaginal mesh, illustrating how an otherwise good product can go so very wrong when not enough research is made for certain uses. While surgical mesh is effective for temporary support during surgical procedures and to repair hernias, its application for age-related medical conditions such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women has been far from efficacious. This is why numerous drug companies are being sued for failing to do the necessary clinical testing prior to widespread sale to the public.

Another example of a good thing going wrong because of a lack of adequate clinical trials is Topamax (topamirate), a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy developed and marketed Johnson & Johnson divisions Ortho-McNeil Neurologics and Noramco, Inc. When administered to pregnant women, Topamax caused birth defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and hypospadias. The breach of duty occurred when the drug was touted as safe for pregnant women when later developments proved it definitely posed considerable risks for the unborn child.

While drugs and medical devices have saved countless lives, it is important that pharmaceutical companies test their products thoroughly to ensure its safe use. Because of the sometimes irreparable but definitely serious damage that defective or untested pharmaceutical products can cause, to fail to do extensive clinical tests is tantamount to negligence. If you or an immediate family member sustained serious complications due to a drug or medical device, you may have an actionable case. Consult with a defective pharmaceutical products lawyer to find out your legal options.

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