More Than a Reaction—Drug Injuries Can Be Life-Changing

Drug manufacturers have a duty to make sure that medications they sell are not unreasonably dangerous and contain sufficient warnings about potential drug injuries and side effects. With the help of physicians, patients can evaluate the risks and benefits before taking a medication. However, some pharmaceutical companies fail to take the simple steps to protect consumers and place profits before the public's safety.

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Severe drug injuries and side effects can be life changing—and even life threatening. It’s hard to believe that some manufacturers know the risks involved upfront and purposely cover up drug's dangerous side effects to gain government approval. Because of this, many dangerous drugs injuries result in million-dollar class-action lawsuits against the companies that manufacture them and companies who market them, if different.

A Misalignment of Priorities

Pharmaceutical companies are in need of reform due to a misalignment of their priorities with that of their customers. Corporate governance in drug companies focus on the shareholder’s bottom line, which is completely inconsistent with health care, medicine and access to pharmaceuticals, where the patient should come first. Learn more about:

Pharma Companies Influence

Researchers at Dartmouth Medical School estimate tens of millions more Americans were diagnosed with a sickness or health problem during the 1990s than before. One reason points to the fact that definitions of diseases have changed. And behind those changes, are USA pharma companies wanting to classify more healthy people as sick—and doctors over prescribing medications to their patients. Read more:

Confusion over Drug Names

While the FDA reviews new drug names for potential confusion, it rarely requires name changes of existing drugs despite well documented instances where medicine errors have caused dangerous harm. Celexa and celebrex is one example. Another is primidone and prednisone. Become better informed on this wide-spread problem.

Dangerous Drug Interactions

The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that 700,000 people a year, especially the elderly, experience adverse drug side effects that lead to emergency room visits. As big Pharma companies become more distracted in their efforts to fend off competition from generics and place more energy and resources on marketing, physicians and patients have to take more of an active role in ensuring drug safety.

Differences in Types of Drug Injuries

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the actual cause of an adverse drug event (ADE) because a drug allergy, a drug reaction or a medicine error can all be culprits. The VA Center for Medication Safety reports about 25% of adverse drug events are due to medication errors. Here we explain the differences, so you and your doctor can better diagnosis the problem and know where responsibility lies.

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Drug Injury Litigation

During the past decade, Seeger Weiss has emerged as one of the premier mass torts firms in the United States, particularly in the area of pharmaceutical drug injury. Seeger Weiss played a lead role in securing the historic $4.85 billion settlement on behalf of users of the now banned painkiller Vioxx and another $900 million more for users of companion drugs Celebrex and Bextra. The firm’s expertise in this area has been recognized by courts throughout the U.S., which have appointed Seeger Weiss attorneys to many plaintiffs’ steering committees in a variety of multidistrict litigations. 

To help injured parties and their loved ones stay informed, Seeger Weiss has compiled three resource centers for Yaz, Accutane, and Hydroxycut. We also offer these additional resources:

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