Medical professionals and patients rely on pharmaceutical companies to create safe and effective drugs for their patients. When these companies take shortcuts or mislead medical professionals, their patients suffer. There may be unexpected side effects, severe health problems, or even death as the patients take prescriptions that they think will help them.
Fortunately, more patients are speaking up. When their prescriptions don’t work or make the situation worse, consumers band together to bring class-action lawsuits against the companies that were negligent in their drug development and marketing.
Pharmaceutical lawsuits settlements can range from hundreds of dollars to several million per plaintiff. In 2009, Pfizer paid $2.3 billion in a settlement to customers for illegally marketing a painkiller to customers. The company claimed Bextra could be used as a painkiller to help after knee surgery, even though the FDA had not approved it for those uses. Bextra also caused an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke, along with potentially fatal skin reactions to the drug. This is a strong example of a successful drug lawsuit, because the drug was both marketed inappropriately and caused direct harm to patients.
Pharmaceutical lawsuits can extend beyond compensation for your medical bills. These cases can also cover lost wages as a result of drug-related medical problems, long-term care, and therapy to help you feel better, and also for pain and suffering as a result of the treatment. You will be affected in the long run because of these drugs and should be compensated fairly because of it.
If you took prescription medication you thought would help, but actually caused more health problems, contact Ralph M. Guito III, your product liability and personal injury lawyer. We can bring a case against these drug companies to get you the compensation you deserve. All of our work is free until you win your case.