Drug Injury Lawyers in Waco
It takes an average of 12 years for a pharmaceutical company to bring a drug to market, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and only one in five of the drugs that make it as far as human trials are approved for therapeutic use. With such a demanding testing program, it's natural for the millions of Americans that use prescribed medications to assume that they are safe. According to the nation's leading consumer publication, however, that's far from the truth. More than 50 percent of all prescription drugs cause adverse effects that aren't detected until after FDA approval.
Drug Injuries on the Rise
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), nearly two million people were treated in Texas and across the nation for adverse drug events in 2008, nearly twice as many people as were treated in 2004. Although an unknown number of these injuries were caused by consumer errors, errors occurred because patients were given the wrong drug or dosage as well. Medication mistakes are the most common type of drug injuries, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Adverse Side Effects
Clinical trials are typically conducted with too small of a sample population and in too short a time period to gauge a drug's safety effectively. Trials are usually conducted under conditions controlled by the pharmaceutical company as well. Because the trials focus on the drug's efficacy, adverse side effects often go undetected. Once a drug is approved, physicians are allowed to prescribe the medication for unapproved purposes, and are often pressured by drug companies to do so.
The most detrimental adverse side effects usually aren't detected until after the drug has been on the market. The lack of supervision and safety monitoring for prescribed medications can be devastating. The birth control drug pill drospirenone, for example, which is marketed under the Yaz, Yasmin or Beyaz, was found to present a higher risk for deadly blood clots than other birth control pills. Adverse side effects from taking the drug include heart attacks, coma and death.
Seeking Compensation for Your Drug Injuries
If you or someone you know in Waco TX has been harmed by a medication, the personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group can help you receive compensation for your drug injuries. It takes an experienced attorney to take on powerful drug manufactures and hold them to account. Our personal injury attorneys will fight for you to see that justice is done and to ensure that you receive compensation for medical costs and other damages, including lost wages, pain and suffering.
You pay no upfront costs when you choose a personal injury attorney from Zinda Law Group. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you'll pay no fee at all if you lose your case. Even if your drug injuries aren't severe, a lawsuit sends a clear message to pharmaceutical companies that consumer expect them to hold them accountable for any injuries that their products may cause. Call the personal injuries attorneys at Zinda Law Group today to schedule your free consultation.