Many people wonder how professionally established pharmaceutical companies can still put our dangerous or defective products. The reality is that the makers of all the medications we use are human. Humans can make mistakes, which is why the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) checks for and recalls defective medications. However, if you were harmed by medication in the state of Mississippi, talk to a Jackson pharmaceutical product lawyer about your options.
Common Causes of Defective Medications
Defective medications can lead to major consequences ranging from injuries and severe side effects to lifelong impairments and death. The causes of defective pharmaceutical products vary depending on mistakes or negligent actions that were made. Some of the most common pharmaceutical product mistakes are:
- Wrong medication put in the wrong packaging
- Incorrect dose amount
- Failure to adequately test the product
Many pharmaceutical products are recalled by the FDA because of simple mistakes. Label errors, defective containers, and failure to sterilize are a few examples. When the FDA recalls a product, the medication is supposed to be removed from store shelves to prevent further harm to the public.
You might be able to sue the store owner who sold you a recalled pharmaceutical product if you suffered harm as a result. Store owners who knowingly continue to sell recalled products could be held liable. Try contacting a Jackson defective product lawyer if this happened to you. There are several legal actions you can take.
In some cases, the FDA will only request a market withdrawal. With this level of recall, the FDA may either remove the product or have the defect corrected. Class III level recalls are also mild since the defect is not likely to cause harm. Whereas class II level recalls could cause significant harm and class I recalls could result in death. Severe cases involve mandatory recalls.
How to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
If you suffered harm from a faulty pharmaceutical product, then you might be able to file a lawsuit. There are three different reasons you could file a product liability lawsuit that involves design, manufacturing, or marketing defects. Design defects exist in every released version of that product. For example, a medication with a dangerous ingredient.
Manufacturing defects happen when a simple mistake affects one or a few products that were released. This can happen when, during the mass production of a medication, the machine or worker accidentally puts the wrong dose in. A printer error might result in a defective label.
Defective labels are what could lead to marketing defects. These happen when a medication label fails to mention:
- Side effects
- Allergic reactions
- Directions for proper use
- Safe dosages
- Warnings about driving or pregnancy
- Medications or drugs to avoid with this medication
Pharmaceutical Product Lawyer in Jackson
Filing a lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical company can be daunting. Feel free to call the Germany Law Firm, PLLC today at (607) 487-0555 to talk to a Mississippi defective product attorney for a consultation. Our legal team might be able to help you seek additional compensation for pain and suffering. You can find us in Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities in Mississippi.