Nearly 70 percent of all Americans are taking at least one prescription drug, and the Mayo Clinic reports that a staggering 20 percent of people are taking 5 or more medications to manage conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Researchers have also noted a significant uptick in prescribed meds for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – a common ailment among the overweight.
In addition to these pharmaceuticals, researchers at the Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic say that opioid painkillers, antidepressants and antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed in the United States. Regrettably, emerging litigation has indicated that many of these medications carry untold risks and side effects, illustrating how bad drugs can enter the marketplace even with FDA approval.
The heartburn medication Nexium has been linked to severe kidney damage; talcum powder has been shown to cause ovarian cancer in women; and drug giant Johnson & Johnson has been forced to pay millions in Risperdal cases alleging that the antipsychotic drug causes male breast growth.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a responsibility to design, produce, distribute and market medications that are safe for their intended purpose. They are also obligated to warn about any potential side effects and risks. History has repeatedly shown that Big Pharma is more concerned about financial profits than consumer safety. When people get hurt as result, they have the right to sue for compensation.
The Bart Bernard Law Firm has more than 20 years of experience litigating drug lawsuits in state and federal courts. If you or a family member suffered lasting injury or health complications from a prescription medication, you may be eligible for monetary damages for hospital and medical bills, lost income, emotional trauma, and other economic ramifications. In some situations, dangerous drugs are promoted illegally by manufacturers for off-label purposes. In others, victims have suffered catastrophic injury from the very medicine that was supposed to make them better.
Personal injury attorney Bart Bernard leverages his experience and resources to hold negligent drug manufacturers liable for their actions and fights diligently for maximum damages.
In the past ten years dozens of pharmaceutical companies have been investigated and fined by the Justice Department regarding illegal marketing practices for off-label drug promotion and illicit doctor-kickback schemes. These unscrupulous actions have put millions of already vulnerable patients at risk for strokes, uncontrolled bleeding, kidney failure, gynecomastia, or harming their unborn child. Companies that manufacture and sell dangerous drugs face substantial government penalties, as well as civil action filed by wronged consumers.
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Last modified: February 15, 2017