Everybody has to take some sort of pharmaceutical drug at some point in their life. In fact, many people depend on pharmaceutical drugs every single day. Whether it is a painkiller for a headache, an antacid for a stomach ache, or a regimen of chemotherapy to treat cancer, pharmaceutical drugs are ubiquitous in our society. For the most part, these chemicals do a whole lot of good. From treating minor symptoms, to slowing down life-altering debilitating diseases, some drugs are, in a way, a miracle.

Unfortunately, drugs don’t always do what they are supposed to. Instead of treating a condition, an impure or otherwise defective drug can, at best, fail to treat the condition it is meant to treat. At worst, it can worsen the relevant condition or cause additional health complications. Sometimes, these defective drugs are even fatal.

Luckily, Georgia and Alabama law protects consumers against defective pharmaceutical drugs. If you suffered damage as a result of taking a defective drug, you can and should recover damages from the responsible party. Our drug injury lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia, or Mobile, Alabama put together this piece to provide some additional information on how drug liability works. 

EXAMPLES OF DEFECTIVE DRUGS

There are literally dozens of dangerous or defective drugs sold throughout the country each year. Here are some examples of potentially defective drugs:

  • Actos
  • Antidepressants
  • Benicar
  • Celexa
  • Depakote
  • Diabetes drugs (Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR, Type 2)
  • Effexor
  • Elmiron (Pentosan Polysulfate)
  • Fosamax
  • Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics (Cipro, Levaquin)
  • GranuFlo & NaturaLyte
  • Harvoni
  • Hepatitis B medications 
  • Hepatitis C medications
  • Lexapro
  • Magnevist
  • MRI Contrast Agents
  • Omniscan
  • Opioids
  • Paxil
  • Pradaxa
  • Proton-Pump Inhibitors (Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium)
  • Prozac
  • Risperdal
  • Sovaldi
  • Taxotere (Docetaxel)
  • Testosterone Therapy
  • Topamax
  • Viekira Pak
  • Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) 
  • Xeljanz
  • Yaz
  • Valsartan
  • Zantac (Ranitidine)
  • Zithromax
  • Zofran

If you don’t see the drug you took listed above, do not worry—our Atlanta and Mobile drug lawyers may still be able to help you with your case. Give us a call today for a free consultation with an experience Atlanta or Mobile drug lawyer. 

WHO IS LIABLE FOR DEFECTIVE DRUG INJURIES IN GEORGIA AND ALABAMA?

Under Alabama and Georgia law, there are number of different potentially liable parties in a given drug injury case. Most of the time, it is the manufacturer of the drug itself. Sometimes, the end manufacturer isn’t to blame, however. Due to the complex nature of supply chains in the 21st century, a supplier may provide a defective chemical, in which case they could be liable. As the end consumer, however, you will generally try to hold the manufacturer liable. If it turns out one of their suppliers is to blame, they can hold them accountable. 

How Drug Injury Liability Works

Drug injury liability varies state-by-state. Generally speaking, all that you must show as a plaintiff to prove your defective drug claim is that:

  • You suffered an injury causing real damage; 
  • You used the drug as directed; and
  • The drug’s defect caused your injury.

That’s it. If you can prove those elements, you can typically hold a drug manufacturer liable for a drug injury.

GET THE HELP YOU NEED FROM EXPERIENCED ATLANTA AND MOBILE DRUG INJURY ATTORNEYS

If you suffered an injury due to a defective drug, you should hire an expected drug lawyer. Atlanta, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama have many options to choose from, so finding an attorney may feel daunting. With that said, don’t commit to an attorney until you speak with the Atlanta and Mobile drug lawyers at Foster Law LLC. We understand just how much is at stake in a drug injury case. You, we, and every other person in the country relies on drug manufacturers to hold up their end of the bargain: provide medicines that do what they are supposed to do without causing unnecessary harm to consumers. If we don’t hold drug manufacturers liable for such injuries, that trust goes away, and everyone loses. Help us hold drug manufacturers liable for defective products by setting up a free consultation with the Atlanta and Mobile drug injury attorneys Foster Law, today!