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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost half of the population in the United States has used a prescription drug within the last 30 days. Over 10% have used 5 or more prescription drugs in the last 30 days. Prescription drugs have become an everyday way of life for Americans, and it’s big business for pharmaceutical companies. The pharmaceutical industry rakes in more than $425 billion annually? in the United States, and companies are rushing more medications to market as quickly as possible in order to claim more of that money for themselves. In the rush for profits, though, all too often the health and safety of the patient becomes an afterthought. Through our drug recall practice in New York, we have seen this all too often.
Recalled Drugs Can Cause Lasting Damage to Patients
In 2013, there were 1,225 drug recalls in the United States, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. It’s a sad truth that in order for the Federal Drug Administration to initiate a recall of a prescription medication, there must be a significant number of patients who were already made sick or otherwise harmed by the medication. The harm that a medication can cause is devastating. The patient might experience worsening symptoms, new symptoms, and conditions could become so severe that some patients may even die as the result of faulty medication. Whether it’s because of a lacking testing before market or a drug company knowing about the issue and choosing to ignore it, these recalled medications are not the fault of the patient and you shouldn’t be left holding the bill. The pharmaceutical companies need to be held accountable.
You Don’t Have to Wait for a Drug Recall to Act
If you or a loved one have experienced the ill effects of a bad medication, you don’t have to wait for the FDA to act before you do. You can speak to a drug recall lawyer, like the experienced attorneys at Girvin & Ferlazzo, and determine whether or not you have a case against the pharmaceutical companies. If the medication is recalled, be very careful about what you say to the companies if you are contacted. They may offer you compensation which is much lower that what you are entitled to get. It’s best to speak to a lawyer first, whether or not a drug recall is in effect.
Get a Free Consultation on Your Case
If you’ve been taking a medication that’s currently being recalled by the FDA or if you believe you’ve been harmed by a medication you’ve taken, call our team. We’ll set up a time for a free consultation where we’ll discuss the details of your case and determine whether or not you have a valid case against the pharmaceutical companies. Our law office has been practicing for more than 25 years and we have the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to fight the big pharmaceutical companies. We want to help you get the compensation that you need in order to overcome the damage that has been done by bad medication. Give us a call at 518-594-4400 or through our contact form.