Find out which prescription drugs and medical devices have come under fire from the FDA or have been the subject of lawsuits. Although consumers feel they are safe taking a drug prescribed by a doctor or having a surgically implanted medical device, many of these turn out to pose significant health risks down the line.
The latest CDC report states that nearly 50% of Americans used at least one prescription drug during the last month. In 2012, nationwide spending on these medications totaled over $325 billion. Yet, drug manufacturers have been known to minimize and even overlook known drug side effects, exposing millions of consumers to risks and injuries that may be have been avoided.
Defective medical devices make headlines when they are recalled. In the aftermath of such events, recipients of these products are often forced to file medical device lawsuits in response to inadequate settlement offers from the manufacturers. Yet other devices remain widely available despite public outcry, FDA scrutiny, and increasing litigation over alleged injuries.
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- New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/24/us/3-companies-in-landmark-accord-on-lawsuits-over-breast-implants.html
- .Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-13/bayer-said-to-pay-110-million-in-yaz-birth-control-cases.html
- Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-13/glaxosmithkline-is-said-to-pay-460-million-to-settle-avandia-damage-suits.html
- FDA, http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/default.htm
- Legal Dictionary, http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Product+Liability