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Every year, hundreds of new pharmaceutical medications enter the multi-billion dollar prescription-drug industry with the promise to improve, extend, and save lives, but every year thousands of Americans die or suffer injuries as a result of false and misleading claims made by pharmaceutical companies.


A defective drug is a prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological or emotional injury. These injuries may be a result of a defect in the drug, or because of incomplete labeling or insufficient warnings.

Defective drugs can be either over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. Sometimes it can take years to determine that a drug is dangerous. When this occurs, it is often too late for the people who have suffered as a result.

It is the drug manufacturer’s responsibility to authorize the appropriate tests before submitting the drug for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A drug manufacturer must also include any potential side effects and warnings on the label, so consumers are made fully aware of any risks associated with that product.

Product liability laws hold the manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors responsible for developing and dispensing defective drugs. A drug may be defective because of design flaws, manufacturing defects, and insufficient labels and warnings.

The FDA will investigate a potentially dangerous drug, and determine whether its side effects outweigh the drug’s intended benefits. When this happens, the FDA will issue a drug recall. Sometimes the recall will remove a drug from the market; other times the recall will require additional warnings on the labeling information.

How to Take Action

At Lee Murphy Law Firm, we understand how a defective drug can harm you and impact the lives of you and your family. A defective drug can cause physical and emotional pain, unnecessary medical costs and missed work.

Many people incorrectly believe that when a drug gains FDA approval, it is safe for everyone to use. However, few drugs are safe for everyone. Whether a manufacturer has pressured the FDA for approval, omitted pertinent information, or fails to include safety warnings, that company should be held accountable. At Lee Murphy Law Firm, we will fight to hold that manufacturer responsible and get you the money you and your family deserve.

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If a defective drug has injured you or a loved one, please call (800) 720-5913 or contact us to speak with the product liability attorneys at Lee Murphy Law Firm today. We serve clients throughout the United States.

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