When your doctor gives you a prescription drug, you expect the medication to be safe. Most medications have potential side effects. However, minor side effects are much different from defective or potentially harmful prescription drugs.
The Tampa recalled prescription drug lawyers of Catania & Catania, P.A. represent individuals and families who have been harmed because of defective and dangerous drugs. Since 1992, our product liability attorneys have been fighting to protect the rights of individuals harmed by pharmaceutical companies.
How Our Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You With Your Recalled Prescription Drugs Case
Our Tampa personal injury attorneys at Catania & Catania, P.A. have been dedicated to seeking justice for our clients for nearly 30 years. Our law firm has recovered more than $500 million in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have the resources, skills, and expertise to take on large drug companies — and win.
When you hire our law firm, you can expect us to:
- Provide compassionate and skilled legal advice and guidance during every phase of your case
- Perform a thorough investigation into how you were injured
- Identify the parties liable for your damages
- Determine whether your case qualifies for a class action lawsuit
- Work with medical experts and other expert witnesses to document the extent of your injuries and damages
- File insurance claims and negotiates settlements
- File a lawsuit and take your case to court to hold drug companies accountable for wrongdoing
Pharmaceutical companies have substantial resources to fight claims. However, you can even the playing field by hiring an experienced Tampa product liability lawyer.
Call Catania & Catania, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We are here to help you after a prescription drug caused you harm.
Who Recalls a Prescription Drug?
A pharmaceutical company may issue a voluntary recall and remove its prescription drug from the market. Removing a drug product from the market prevents pharmacies from selling and marketing the drug to consumers.
For example, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. recently recalled its Metformin Hydrochloride ER tablets USP. The company recalled the drug after n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was detected. NDMA is a probable human carcinogen.
The Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov/drugs) may also request that a company recall a specific drug. In some cases, the FDA may order a drug company to remove a defective drug from the market, depending on the number and severity of adverse events being reported to the FDA.
The FDA maintains a list of recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts on its website. The information is available for three years before it is archived.
Doctors must advise their patients when they receive notice that a drug company is voluntarily recalling a prescription drug or if the FDA has recommended or ordered a drug recall. Recall notices include specifics about the drug, including the recalled lot number, product description, distribution dates, expiration dates, and other information.
Who is Responsible for Damages Caused by Recalled Prescription Drugs?
Generally, the pharmaceutical company that manufactured and marketed the drug is responsible for harm caused by its defective drugs.
Drug companies have an obligation to provide effective, safe products for consumers. It is their responsibility to research, test, and monitor prescription drugs to ensure they are safe. Unfortunately, some drug companies violate consumer trust by marketing dangerous prescription drugs.
When companies fail to follow safety procedures, conceal information, or develop inherently defective or dangerous drugs, they can be held liable for damages caused by those drugs.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Recalled Prescription Drug Case?
Damages caused by defective prescription drugs could include physical harm, such as heart attacks, strokes, organ damage, and other adverse events. In some cases, prescription medications have been linked to cancer.
Individuals may also sustain a variety of economic and non-economic damages such as:
- The cost of medical care and personal care
- The loss of past and future income, including reductions in future earning potential
- Physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering
- Long-term medical, personal, and nursing care
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
- Reduced quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life
The value of your case depends on numerous factors. Typically, wrongful death, permanent damages, and intentional wrongdoing increase the value of a prescription drug injury case.
Does a Prescription Drug Have to Be Recalled to Sue the Drug Company?
Many drugs currently on the market are subject to product liability lawsuits, including drugs that have not been recalled. If you believe that a prescription medication caused you harm, we encourage you to reach out to our Tampa drug injury lawyers.
Drug cases are very complicated. That is why we handle the research to determine whether you have a valid case. Our legal team analyzes your case and provides you with a thorough assessment of your legal options.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Tampa Recalled Prescription Drug Lawyers
You depend on safe medications to manage your health care. Recalled prescription drugs are dangerous to consumers. When a drug company produces and markets defective drugs, it must be held accountable for its actions.
If you believe that a prescription medication caused harm to you or a family member, please reach out to our office. Call us now to schedule your free consultation with a prescription drug injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida.