“Big Pharma” is among the largest sectors in corporate America. We are bombarded by advertising for prescription drugs and over-the-counter-medicine on TV, radio, magazines, and online. That money comes from pharmaceutical drug sales in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
Drug companies race to develop new wonder-drugs with mass appeal. Accordingly, they have to generate billions of dollars in sales every year. Competition among drug companies is intense. Consequently, many who know the industry describe it as dominated by cut-throat, kill-or-be-killed mentality.
This intense industry-wide financial pressure often leads to bad decisions. A pharmaceutical lawyer knows these bad decisions often lead to lies told to you, the FDA, and doctors.
Pharmaceutical Lawyer Wants Drug Safety
Whether a drug is safe for consumption often depends on what is behind the drug. In pursing justice, a pharmaceutical lawyer reviews what is available, knowing that testing, trials, evidence, studies, proof, disclosure, knowledge, and truth, are often a shell game played by drug companies.
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are generally not safe. Most consumers do not understand this simple truth. All medicines have side effects. Some side effects cause great injury or death, and other side effects are less harmful causing only discomfort.
When a doctor prescribes a drug, then he or she must decide if the drug’s benefits outweigh its side effect risks. However, a doctor is only as good as clear and accurate information a drug company provides. Sometimes, medication has limited side effect information available. Moreover, pharmaceutical sales representatives personally market medicine to doctors. Big bonuses are tied to how many prescriptions sales reps convince doctors to write.
If the drug company does not provide accurate warnings, study results, and disclosures about the medication—which is common—then neither the doctor nor consumer can make an informed choice about whether or not to use the drug. This is the typical pattern a pharmaceutical lawyer sees in drug injury cases.
Pharmaceutical Lawyer Warns About Off-Label Use
Prescribing doctors may also prescribe drugs for purposes which are not on the drug label or approved by the FDA. This is “off-label” use, because FDA approves one label but the medicine is for a another reason not on a label.
Our drug industry has been very aggressive with doctors. Sales reps encourage physicians, and then provide financial rewards for prescribing drugs for off-label. All-expense trips and other gifts sell doctors. Sales are sales, regardless of a drug’s purpose. More medication sold means higher profits for drug companies.
When tragedy strikes, a pharmaceutical lawyer reviews liability claims against pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, and doctors. All may be liable for damages to patients when off-label use causes harm.
Pharmaceutical Lawyer: Drug Companies Have Track Record of Dishonesty
Although drug companies claim they test and study drugs, and face rigorous analysis by our Food and Drug Administration, this claim is untrue. This a public relations game every pharmaceutical lawyer knows is false.
The FDA does not test drugs. Instead, the agency merely reviews tests and studies conducted by drug manufacturers—over their own products. Additionally, our FDA employs pharmaceutical company insiders. The fox guards the hen house. Our FDA becomes a visible player—and claims to take regulatory action—only after a medicine harms many consumers.
In reality, every drug company faces financial pressure to create a new big drug to market and generate billions in profits. This is not a secret. Drug manufacturers do bad things:
- Produce and market drugs before tests are complete
- Use selective trials which don’t show effects on large segments of intended users
- Hide negative test results
- Shut down clinical trials before adverse drug data is available
- Assign testing to large universities and medical centers having drug company connections
- Provide money incentives for positive results
- Don’t provide clear, accurate, comprehensive warnings
Dangerous drugs are available to doctors and patients based on incomplete data, biased studies, and gamesmanship. Most consumers and doctors have no idea what real dangers or deadly side effects exist. Perhaps you can see why you need to talk to a pharmaceutical lawyer about your circumstances.
Talk To A Pharmaceutical Lawyer Now
If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic injury or a family member died as the result of taking a dangerous drug or medication, then contact Fort Myers pharmaceutical lawyer David Harris for a free discussion of your circumstances.
You should not be a victim of a drug company’s misconduct. Reach out now to David, your local pharmaceutical lawyer, to learn more.