FDA Approval Doesn’t Mean You’re Safe

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 in National Issues, Personal Injury

The Food & Drug Administration is supposed to approve drugs as being safe for human consumption before they can be sold in the U.S. Marketplace.  This isn’t an ironclad guarantee these days — as demonstrated by the following products — and if you or a loved one have any concerns about a drug, trust that “gut instinct” and get help immediately.

1.  Heparin, a blood-thinner, can result in severe allergic reactions, impact blood pressure, and cause death — the FDA issued a new warning about the drug today.

2.  Exurbra, an insulin inhaler, can cause lung cancer and Pfizer issued its own product warning today on the drug, approved by the FDA in 2006.

3.  Johnson & Johnson is currently asking for a legal bar to any lawsuits asking damages from the company’s Ortho Evra birth control patch, because the FDA approved the patch in 2002 (and started issuing warnings in 2006). 

4.  GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of failing to give the FDA all pertinent studies regarding FDA-approved Avandia, a diabetes pill that can cause fatal heart attacks, in a letter the FDA posted online yesterday and which GlaxoSmithKline has already denied.

And, these are just four examples taken from today’s news.  Remember, your first step in protecting yourself and your loved ones is to get the necessary medical attention.  Your second step should be to learn your legal rights to such things as reimbursement for medical expenses, time off from work, pain and suffering, and other legally recognized damages — and what your deadline is to file these claims.  You do not have much time before your claim is barred by law.�

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