Dangerous Prescription Drugs

Dangerous Prescription Drugs

Never stop taking any prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor

A dangerous drug is a prescription or over-the-counter medication that injures the person taking it. The injury can be physical, emotional, or psychological and can be the result of a defect in the drug itself, or because of insufficient or incomplete labeling, or side-effect warnings.

Drug manufacturers must use product packaging and labels to warn consumers of all known risks associated with their product, including harmful side effects and potential long-term damage.

While the FDA approves all prescription drugs before they can be legally sold in the United States, these drugs can still be potentially dangerous when the drugs’ side effects outweigh the benefits.

The risk is highest in the first year after a drug is released, since often times long term side effects are still unknown at the time the drug is released to the public. The FDA has the power to require manufacturers to warn users of increased risks associated with certain drugs, or to even issue a drug recall, when needed to protect the safety of the public taking the drug.

A drug manufacturer can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by a drug that is defective due to a manufacturing error, that does not contain the proper warnings for negative side effects, or that has a design flaw that makes the drug dangerous to take.

In each of those situations, a consumer who was harmed while, or after, taking that drug has a right to be compensated for their injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.