Pharmaceutical drugs are intended to treat serious illnesses and conditions. As a result, these drugs are often very powerful and carry the potential to cause severe injuries in the event of even a minor error. One common type of Maryland medication error involves recalled medication.
While most pharmaceutical drugs are manufactured according to very specific criteria, sometimes something goes wrong during the manufacturing process. It could be that a base ingredient was contaminated or the factory where the drug was created suffered some type of equipment malfunction. When a medication is not made according to the precise specifications, it can cause the medication not to work—or worse—it can cause other very serious side effects.
Recently, an industry news source reported on several drug recalls. For example, one manufacturer recalled 267 million prefilled saline syringes after finding that the plunger may pull back and introduce air into the syringe, which can cause serious adverse outcomes. Another recall, issued by the manufacturing giant, Pfizer, involved the company pulling several batches of its smoking cessation drug Chantix off the shelves after finding some pills contain elevated levels of a likely carcinogen.
Perhaps the most serious of the recent recalls involves a UVC insertion tray, which is used during a procedure for critically ill newborns. Evidently, the manufacturer failed to include detailed instructions for providers on how to properly use the product. There have been two infant deaths related to the manufacturer’s failure to include these instructions.
What Should Patients Do After a Drug Recall
If you or a loved one is taking or took medication that turned out to be recalled, it is important that you immediately consult with a doctor about the possible effects of the medication. After you’ve spoken to your doctor, reach out to a personal injury lawyer to determine whether you have a case against the manufacturer of the recalled medication or medical product. While a recall does not necessarily mean that the manufacturer will be liable for your injuries, in many cases they are. However, pharmacy recall lawsuits are extremely complex and require the assistance of an attorney who has specific experience with these claims. For example, you must often call one or more expert witnesses to prove your case and may need to provide additional notice requirements to any defendants named in your lawsuit.
Have You Suffered Due to a Medication Error?
If you or a loved one recently fell victim to a medical error, either at the hands of a pharmaceutical company or pharmacy, the dedicated Maryland pharmacy error attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen are here to help. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we have decades of collective experience handling some of the most complex and high-stakes pharmacy error cases. We work with a nationwide network of respected experts to help prove our clients’ claims and get them the compensation they need and deserve. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, give Lebowitz & Mzhen a call at 800-654-1949 today. You can also reach us through our online form.