Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
Every day thousands of people across America are prescribed drugs and medical devices that have been approved for sale by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Most people believe that because these medical products are “FDA Approved” that they must be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often, people suffer injury, illness or even death as a result of medical products that were defectively designed, manufactured or labeled before coming they were put on the market.
The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger have successfully represented clients who have suffered disastrous effects of dangerous drugs or failed medical products, which result in grave injuries to the unsuspecting patient. When we represent patients and their families in defective medical product cases, our Philadelphia injury attorneys work with the scientists and doctors who are at the cutting edge of the technology and medicine that goes into the design of these products. This is to ensure that our clients obtain the best recovery possible for the pain and harm they have suffered.
If you or someone you know has been injured or suffered from an illness as a resulting in the use of a dangerous prescription drug or a defective medical device, here are some questions you might have:
What does it mean to be “FDA Approved”?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency that is responsible for regulating the safety of a variety of products including foods, dietary supplements, drugs and medical products. The FDA regulates almost every aspect of prescription drugs as well as medical devices including testing, manufacturing, labeling, marketing and safety. Federal law mandates that the FDA must approve any drug or medical device before it can be sold to doctors and medical providers for use with patients.
If the FDA approves a drug or device for sale, doesn’t that mean it must be safe?
Not necessarily. While the FDA does have certain safety requirements that manufacturers of drugs and medical devices must meet, a significant percentage of medical-related injuries are the result of the complications or side effects of drugs and medical devices have. Sadly, many of these complications could have been anticipated when the product was approved for sale by the FDA. In certain cases, a products liability attorney may be able to help you recover damages from the manufacturer of these dangerous products.
I recently heard that that the Supreme Court of the United States has been ruling on cases about medical products. Will this affect my rights?
Manufacturers have constantly been fighting to limit your rights to recover for injuries caused by their sometimes dangerous products, and in recent years there have been several major decisions by the Supreme Court that have both expanded and limited a patient’s right to recover for injuries caused by a drug or medical device.
At Galfand Berger, our Philadelphia products liability attorneys fight for the rights of our clients to bring claims against manufacturers of dangerous medical products. We constantly monitor changes in the law in these areas. If you have a question about the current law regarding medical products and how it applies to you, please contact a Galfand Berger injury lawyer who can help to answer your questions today.
If I am injured by a drug or medical device, do I also have a claim against my doctor?
You may have a medical malpractice claim against your doctor if he or she prescribed you a drug or medical device that was not appropriate given the circumstances of your illness, or if the doctor failed to monitor your progress after the product was prescribed.
When you call a Galfand Berger personal injury attorney about the injuries you sustained as a result of a medical product, we will evaluate every possible claim that you may have, including whether your doctor may have also been responsible for the harm that you suffered.
What are some examples of drugs and medical products that have caused harm to patients?
- Prescription Testosterone Treatments
- Transvaginal Mesh Implant
- Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Modular Hip System
- GranuFlo & Naturalyte
- DePuy Hip Replacement Device
- Mirena Contraceptive Intrauternine Device (IUD)
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney
Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. We are happy to answer any questions and review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.