What makes a drug dangerous?

For many people, medications are a vital part of their everyday lives. Medicine can cure illness, relieve chronic conditions, and save lives. Unfortunately, it can also cause harm.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve and regulate every drug. In spite of this, approximately 200,000 people die each year due to defective or wrongly formulated medications.

Common causes of drug injuries:

  • Design defects: These flaws occur in the actual formula or design of the medication. In these cases, the drug may have dangerous side effects. Those side effects may include serious injury or death.
  • Manufacturing defects: Medications are produced in factories. Mistakes in the manufacturing process or contamination can make the drug unsafe.
  • Misleading marketing: Known as “failure to warn.” Marketing information must include appropriate instructions and warnings. This includes commercial advertising and packaging. Drugs should not be marketed for off-label use (unapproved by FDA).

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium)

Elmiron is a prescription drug commonly used to treat interstitial cystitis. It is the only oral medication that’s FDA-approved to treat the symptoms of this painful bladder syndrome. But studies now show a clear link between Elmiron and vision problems.

These problems include blindness and permanent vision less. Lawsuits claim that long-term exposure to Elmiron leads to maculopathy, an eye disorder affecting the retina. People who have taken Elmiron may be eligible to file a lawsuit and to receive significant compensation.

Learn more about your legal rights if you’ve taken Elmiron: Elmiron Risks and Lawsuit Information.

Zantac (ranitidine)

The FDA recalled Zantac in April 2020, but companies began voluntarily recalling Zantac as early as September 2019. Also known by its generic name ranitidine, many people took Zantac for acid reflux (GERD), heartburn, and stomach ulcers. Zantac was recalled after samples were found to contain extremely high levels of NDMA.

NDMA is classified as a “probable human carcinogen,” meaning it may cause cancer in humans. Cancer diagnoses linked to Zantac include bladder cancer, stomach cancer, and tumors in the liver, kidneys, and lungs, to name a few.

Learn more: Zantac Recalls, Dangers of NDMA, and Victims’ Rights

Contact Taylor King Law

At Taylor King Law, our team is actively filing lawsuits for victims of dangerous drugs, including Elmiron and Zantac.

If you believe that you have been the victim of a dangerous or faulty drug, contact us today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732) or submit a Case Evaluation. We are available 24/7, both online and over the phone.

We know that injuries caused by dangerous medications can devastate families, and we believe victims deserve justice. We’ll work hard to get the money you deserve. Our experienced team will be here to answer your questions and walk with you through each step of your claim.  That’s our promise to you: On your side—by your side.

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