GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $750 Million for Defective Drugs
GlaxoSmithKline is one of the largest manufacturers of pharmaceutical medications in the world, and for several years they have produced many of their leading medications in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately for many unsuspecting patients, serious problems began to arise with this manufacturing plant to the point where it was ultimately closed last year amid reports of errors and other issues that led to the release of defective medication onto the marketplace. Now comes word that the company will pay $750 million to settle a lawsuit that was filed by the Department of Justice in response to these allegations.
GlaxoSmithKline Defective Drugs Traced to Manufacturing Plant
As most would understand, prescription drugs need to be manufactured with impeccable attention to detail, as even the smallest error that's made on even one batch of medication can prove deadly for the patients who depend on it for their health. Specifically, complaints arose and investigations revealed that the manufacturing plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico. It was discovered that medications including Paxil, one of its leading sellers, were mis-labeled or not manufactured properly such that they would fall apart before the patients could use them. As a result, patients were using medications that were either ineffective or dangerous.
Defective Drugs Liability
When a drug maker is found to be negligent or worse, several different legal scenarios can arise as a result. For instance, in this situation, the Department of Justice brought a claim against GSK for negligence, and the settlement with the government will allow them to move forward without additional risk of liability from the Department of Justice.
However, patients who have been injured as a result of taking defective drugs can still bring claims against manufacturers who negligently release these dangerous substances to the public. If this includes you or someone you love, contact the Arizona defective drugs lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.