Pharmaceutical Companies’ Responsibility to Sell Safe Drugs
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 06, 2009 in Local
Pharmaceutical companies have brought new medications to the market in recent years that treat and sometimes cure diseases and conditions that many thought could never be managed. These companies spend millions of dollars every year on research and development, and in many cases those investments have led to benefits for people all over the world.
However, big pharmaceutical companies also spend millions of dollars every year on other efforts, including sales efforts to medical practitioners, marketing efforts made directly to consumers and lobbying efforts made to members of Congress. While these companies are free to invest in any effort thats legal, they also all have a responsibility to sell safe, thoroughly tested products, and the reasons for this responsibility are detailed below.
Cultural Norms and Pharmaceuticals
We are all taught, either explicitly or implicitly, as young children that we are supposed to trust what our medical care providers tell us and recommend for us in order to either maintain or regain our health. When a doctor prescribes medication for some sort of illness or disease, almost all of us assume that what were being given is not only likely to work, but is safe and responsibly formulated. While this trust is placed more in our doctors than our corporate behemoths, it still resonates as the truth when were told something will help.
The Potential Damage of Dangerous Drugs
When we take medications, we also assume that they will not cause us harm based on our entire medical state thats analyzed by our doctors. As a result, when something is used that leads to side effects, the effects can be devastating and irreversible because we simply do not foresee that possibility. Too many examples exist where side effects have arisen and patients have simply assumed that this was normal fallout from the medication, and that assumption can be deadly.
The Process of Bringing a Drug to the Market
Most of us understand that in order for a prescription drug to make it to the market, it must pass through a rigorous approval process and ultimately be allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be disseminated to the public. We dont see the behind-the-scenes dealing that occurs with members of the legislature and others who are charged with protecting the public. Once again, we tend to trust the process, even though drugs that were clearly dangerous and have killed hundreds of people have been on the market for years before ultimately being pulled after reports of these tragic consequences.
Defective Drug Lawyer and Attorney
Ultimately, there are new drugs that fail to deliver on their promises for many reasons, whether the drug companies knew of the risks or not. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of taking medications that led to serious side effects, you do have legal rights and options. Contact the experienced Phoenix defective drugs lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.