Posted on December 21, 2012 in Personal Injury
Scrolling through the headlines today, I was met with several stories with a single common (and frightening) thread – pharmaceutical companies are routinely taking public health and safety for granted with seemingly defective products.
A recap of today’s news included:
- Spinal Infections: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the fungal meningitis outbreak associated with the contaminated steroid from the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center. Having already caused 39 deaths, the steroid is now being linked to hard-to-detect spinal or paraspinal infections. While this tragedy may have fallen from some people’s radar, the debacle is far from over. Eighty new cases were reported just this month, the majority of which included these spinal infections.
- Dangerous Side-Effects: Tredaptive, a cholesterol medication manufactured by drug-giant Merck, was the focus of a U.S. study of more than 25,000 patients. The study found that not only did Tredaptive fail to prevent heart attacks, the main reason it’s prescribed, but actually caused dangerous side-effects that Merck had not warned consumers about.
- Skin Disease: Telaprevir, a popular Hepatitis C medication from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, has allegedly been linked with a deadly skin disease – a side-effect not currently on the warning label. Patients are experiencing worsening rashes and other symptoms.
Yes, pharmaceutical companies are businesses and need to earn profits to survive – but no amount of money is worth the health and lives of the thousands, if not millions, of people affected by these failings. Whether due to production carelessness, lack of adequate testing, drug defects, or suspicious lack of communication, it all boils down to what seems like a blaring disregard for consumer safety and serious ethical concerns.
Seek Legal Guidance to Determine Pharmaceutical Company Liability
As drug companies continue to be negatively highlighted by the media, hopefully they will feel pressured and obligated to reevaluate their practices. When they took on the job of caring for our country’s sick and injured, they made a promise to uphold a legal standard of care, which they seem to habitually break. If you’ve been the victim of a defective drug, the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell are here to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable for their negligence.