When Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies Commit Mistakes

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A doctor is always the person to turn to whenever someone’s life is threatened by a serious illness. With all his/her training and deep knowledgeable about the human body, health and medicinal products, plus his/her access to so many modern medical devices, doctors would only naturally be thought of as definitely capable of providing the needed effective treatment for any type of illness. However, reality shows otherwise and, rather than just a big number of doctors causing new health problems than providing medical solutions, it is obvious that there is another source of problem, probably something bigger than doctors that the government and the medical community need to focus on – pharmaceutical firms.

Though more than 750,000 deaths due to poor medical care are recorded in the U.S. every year. These include: unnecessary prescriptions; people being subjected to surgical procedures which are actually not needed; and, people being confined in hospitals despite this not really being necessary. These are clearly doctor errors. More cases, however, are recorded which involve adverse effects of prescription drugs or medical devices. These are usually due to drugs that have not been fully tested, yet are claimed safe and effective by their manufacturers.

Pharmaceutical companies know that they have a moral and legal obligation to make sure that all of their medicinal products are safe and effective in treating the serious health conditions for which these were manufactured for. Thus, it is very necessary that, before being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for public use, these medicines, especially prescription drugs, are first clinically tested to see their actual effects on patients. Besides treating ailments, medicines are also supposed to keep people in good health.

Unfortunately, many products remain defective and harmful to unsuspecting users (who only get to find out about the product’s adverse effects after they have been harmed by it). Due to the many kinds of harm, some too severe, suffered by patients in the past, the U.S. FDA has issued many warnings and recalls on medicines, especially if it can be proven that their risks outweigh the benefits they provide.

To make patients aware of the drug’s potential dangers too, the FDA requires manufacturers to clearly state in their drug’s label the risk/s associated to its use. If the drug’s side-effects are quite severe, then the FDA may issue a block box warning, the most serious form of caution it issues.

According to Tucson dangerous product attorneys at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “Every year, countless new products are released for public consumption in the American marketplace. Far too often, however, these products have not undergone adequate testing for safety or are otherwise compromised in such a way that their use poses a substantial threat of injury to consumers. In the worst of cases, dangerous or defective products may even result in death.

Product liability laws are in place in order to safeguard consumers against having to suffer the costs of the consequences that their injuries may have. Victims of serious injuries or other types of harm caused by a defective product should know that justice and compensation may be available to them.”