Prescription drugs can are available to treat all sorts of illnesses. There are drugs on the market to help treat patients who are diagnosed with everything from thinning hair to cancer. Unfortunately, there are several circumstances in which prescription drugs can be very dangerous.
If the drug company fails to warn users of all the possible side effects, serious consequences can occur. Without the proper warnings, doctors do not know what symptoms to look for and patients do not know what side effects to prepare for. For example, Pennsylvania courts are in the middle of a class action lawsuit against the makers of Zoloft. Zoloft is an antidepressant that is being accused of causing birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
So far there are 250 people that are part of the class action suit and the numbers are expected to rise. It is a great tragedy for everyone involved when a serious illness or birth defect is caused by a prescription drug that was not thoroughly tested before being put out into the market. Pharmaceutical companies are eager to get their new products on the market in order to begin making money and recouping some of the research and development expenses that went into developing the drug.
It is important for people to understand their rights when it comes to drugs and their side effects. Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to sell well made drugs that list all possible side effects and the proper usage. This is called product liability and they can be liable for injuries and medical bills related to adverse side effects they do not warn about. The fact that they were unaware of the side effect before putting the drug on the market is not a defense. It does not matter if the drug was defective, not properly tested or just packaged improperly, drug companies are liable for an array of injuries cased by there drugs.