Helping Catastrophic Injury Victims Obtain Just Compensation
When you have suffered harm after using a prescription drug or medical device or any “health and beauty product” that has been recalled or subject to litigation, you should consult with a lawyer.
At Holland Injury Law, LLC, we are genuinely interested in knowing about your pain, illness and related losses triggered by a defective medication or any product marketed for allegedly healthful purposes. We can advise you on ways to pursue justice and compensation if you have been injured or have required medical treatments because of the use of:
- Essure birth control implants
- Yaz and other birth control products
- Talcum powder leading to ovarian cancer
- Other products containing asbestos with risk of mesothelioma
- Colgate Cashmere Bouquet (mesothelioma risk)
- DuPuy hip replacement implants
How Drugs And Devices Are Regulated
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for regulating pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health products. In the case of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, the FDA must give pre-market approval, meaning that the products cannot be sold before they are cleared by the agency.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t ensure safety. Many drug companies perform less-than-adequate testing of their products, and certain risks and side effects do not become known until the drug reaches the market. With medical devices, manufacturers often take advantage of a loophole that lets them largely bypass scrutiny by claiming that a new device is “substantially similar” to one that is already on the market. But even slight changes in a medical device can make it defective and dangerous if not properly tested.
Supplements And Health Products
When it comes to supplements — especially those manufactured outside the United States — what you see on the label is not necessarily what is in the package. Some supplements marketed as “all natural” may contain prescription-grade drugs that are not approved in the U.S. or have even been banned. Even when they do contain the listed ingredients, there may be questions of purity and quality.
Unlike pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, the FDA does not exercise pre-market approval over dietary supplements and personal care products. The agency can only intervene after a problem of quality or safety has been discovered. By the time this happens, a product may have already harmed hundreds of consumers, if not more.
Failure To Warn
It is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe, and that all serious risks and side effects are disclosed. When they fail to adequately test their drugs or medical devices or fail to warn consumers about serious risks, the results can be devastating. Patients may experience chronic pain, serious injury and permanent disability. In some cases, these products can be fatal.
The first step in seeking justice is to call an experienced attorney who will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact Us For A Free Discussion About Your Case
Holland Injury Law, LLC, is based in St. Louis, Missouri, and serves clients throughout the area. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney, call us at 314-684-8321 or send us an email.