Have you or someone you love suffered a severe injury or death as the result of taking a legal drug that was prescribed to treat a medical condition? If so, you are not alone: 1.5 to 2.7 million people are hospitalized every year from adverse drug reactions, and approximately 128,000 patients die as a result of taking a legally prescribed drug. We trust that the drugs our doctors prescribe will improve our health or prevent a serious illness; but all too often, this trust is misplaced.
At the Butler Wooten & Peak law firm in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, GA we are committed to obtaining justice for patients who have suffered from adverse effects of prescription drugs placed developed and marketed by pharmaceutical companies with insufficient testing, labelling, or regard for the wellbeing of those who use them.
Nearly everyone. Most Americans take prescription medications. Nearly half the population is taking a prescription drug at any given time. According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics, 48.9 percent of the population has taken at least one prescription drug in the past month alone, with many taking five or more. Around 4.5 billion prescriptions are filled every year in the U.S., and the number has been rising steadily.
Pharmaceutical companies crank out thousands of medications each year, which generate outlandish profits for the corporate pharmaceutical giants. By 2021, projections are that we will be spending more than $610 billion dollars of prescription meds.
Are pharmaceutical drugs wonders of modern medicine or a danger to the public? The answer is both. Drugs save lives by preventing and curing diseases, alleviating pain, and helping many people manage chronic health conditions. But in their rush to get their products to market, pharmaceutical companies may not conduct adequate testing procedures and clinical trials before they begin to sell and promote their products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration relies on the manufacturer’s own safety data for approval, and they now have a fast-track program that allows dugs to reach the market quickly, which means less testing, less knowledge about potential side effects, and consequently more harm done to unsuspecting patients.
Many different types of drugs have been found to cause illness and death. These include, but are not limited to, pain medications, contraceptives, anti-depressants and other psychiatric medications, diabetes meds, blood thinners, blood pressure medications, cholesterol reducers, heart medications, acne medications, chemotherapy drugs, heartburn meds, anti-nausea drugs, and many more. Pharmaceuticals have been found to cause birth defects, suicidal thoughts, psychosis, increased risk of cancer, bleeding problems, male breast growth, heart problems, and many other dangerous conditions.
Some drugs have been pulled from the market by the FDA after problems were reported, while others have been required warnings to be added to the label. Still others are still being prescribed freely every day, causing serious side effects for some patients.
The list of specific drugs is along one. If you or someone close to you experienced new health problems that appeared after beginning a particular prescription medication, the bad drug lawyers at the Butler Wooten & Peak LLP law firm can tell you if others has experienced similar problems. You may qualify to recover money for your financial and quality-of-life damages.
A drug that harms those who take it may have been placed on the market with insufficient testing on human subjects to determine the danger, or the company may have kept damaging information under cover, failing to warn doctors and patients, or even the FDA, of potential risks. It may be defective because of a problem in the manufacturing process, or may have been labelled improperly.
Victims of dangerous and defective drugs have legal recourse against the companies that develop, manufacture, promote, and sell the medications that have harmed them. However, these are difficult and complex legal cases, requiring extensive experience, research, and legal skill, so it is essential to select the right law firm. When you need the best representation available, choose the firm that has won more verdicts over $10 million than any other firm in Georgia: Butler Wooten & Peak, LLP. Call today to arrange a free consultation to learn about your rights when you’ve been harmed by a drug meant to have helped you.
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