Drug Litigation

Have You Been Harmed by a Defective Prescription or Over-the-Counter Drug?

In 2011, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recalled more than 40 drugs. Between January and the end of October 2012, the FDA had already recalled 37, including prescription medications and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Reasons for recalls run the gamut from interaction problems and presence of particulate matter to bacterial contamination and – in the worst case – potential health risks.

If you or a member of your family has been harmed by a drug, you are owed more than a notification and an apology from the pharmaceutical company – you are owed compensation for medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering and more. At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, our Hanover drug litigation lawyers provide solid legal strategies for victims of defective drugs – helping residents of Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County, in cities including Bowie, Silver Spring and Bethesda.

Health Risks and Common Problems Associated With Defective Drugs

Pharmaceutical companies spend many millions of dollars in drug R&D and even more in marketing those drugs. Why? They make billions in profits. While there is no denying that many drugs eliminate pain; help control conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers; and even save lives, it is also true that the profit motive encourages the pharmaceutical industry to cut corners and maximize their profits.

As medical malpractice attorneys, we hold physicians and healthcare professionals accountable for surgical errors or failure to diagnose. In that same capacity, we hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for injuries that are linked to defective drugs that they manufacture. Some of these drugs have been linked to serious side effects, adverse reactions and health risks including organ damage, drug interaction dangers, increase in blood pressure and even death.

Defective drug claims are some of the most difficult to take to court. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have attorneys on their payroll who spend a large part of their time defending their employers against these lawsuits. That is why it is critical to work with attorneys who are experienced, prepared, detail-oriented, trial-tested and driven to get justice for their clients. At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we know how to value your claim and explore all avenues of compensation. This may mean medical litigation against pharmacists and physicians who should have been aware of potential problems based on your medical history and the other medications you are using.

This FDA site provides a current list of recalled drugs. We urge you to contact us for a free consultation if you or a family member has suffered injury from drugs, including:

  • Accutane
  • Actos
  • Avandia
  • Darvocet
  • Depakote
  • Effexor
  • Fosmax
  • Levaquin
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Plavix
  • Prempro
  • Reglan
  • Topamax
  • Yaz

Contact us for defective drug legal assistance in Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, MD

If you have been harmed by a defective drug, Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP can help you get the best possible compensation for your damages. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.