We expect prescription and over-the-counter medications to be safe and effective. Fortunately, they usually are. But despite testing and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, many prescription and OTC drugs prove to be dangerous to consumers. These harmful medications are known as defective drugs. Defective drugs have been known to cause serious and even fatal side effects including liver, heart, kidney and brain damage, blood clots and heart attacks, stroke, suicide and gastrointestinal problems. A wide range of medications, including antidepressants, diet drugs, hormone replacement therapies, cholesterol medications, vaccines, arthritis drugs, pain relievers and blood thinners, cause serious injury to unsuspecting consumers. Despite the risks they carry, these medications reach the marketplace before their side effects are fully known.
When harmful drugs are prescribed to patients or placed on drugstore shelves without adequate warnings or sufficient testing, thousands of innocent people may be seriously injured or die before the medications are removed from circulation. Examples of such defective drugs include Baycol, Celebrex, Vioxx, Paxil, Fen-Phen, Accutane, Yasmin/Yaz and Chantix, to name only a few. You should know that drug manufacturers can be and are held responsible for injuries caused by defective medications. The experienced Scranton lawyers of Scartelli Olszewski provide counseling and representation to victims of harmful medications. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective drug, our law firm’s injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Scartelli Olszewski’s personal injury lawyers in Scranton, Pa., are prepared to help victims of defective medications pursue compensation for their hardships. Whether the best outcome may be achieved through alternative dispute resolution measures such as arbitration or mediation, or through a state or federal courtroom trial, our attorneys understand the complex medical and legal issues associated with defective drug lawsuits. We strive to maximize recovery for our clients, and to help them get their lives back on track. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a dangerous medication, we encourage you to contact us today