St. Louis Pharmacy Drugs Lawyers
St. Louis Pharmacy Drugs Attorneys
Goldson Hoekel, LLC represents individuals who have been injured because of defective prescription drugs in the St. Louis area, and throughout eastern Missouri. We handle injuries caused by all types of drugs and we are always interested in hearing from potential clients who have suffered harm from new drug defects. Although our drug injury cases are subject to frequent change, some of the cases we are currently handling include the following:
- iFlow Pain Pump
- Ortho Evra Patch
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Oral Sodium Phosphate
- Fleet Suppositories
If you have been harmed by a prescription or over-the-counter drug, you may be able to recover damages to compensate you for the injuries you have suffered, even if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not completely removed the drug from the market. A drug manufacturer may be liable for any injuries caused by a defective drug based on a design defect, manufacturing defect, or failure to warn.
Manufacturing defects arise when something occurs during the manufacturing process that makes a drug defective, such as the use of substandard materials, failure to inspect the integrity of a product, or another problem on the assembly line. Manufacturing defects often arise when a drug is manufactured in a country outside of the U.S. that has a different regulatory process or standards of manufacture that are below our own.
Drug manufacturers, like other products manufacturers, have a duty to safely design their drugs. When a drug is defectively designed, then all drugs designed according to the same specifications may be potentially harmful. One example of a drug that may be defectively designed is the Ortho Evra birth control patch, commonly known as “The Patch.” A woman who uses The Patch is exposed to about 60% more estrogen than a woman who is on other forms of hormone contraceptives, such as birth control pills, because the hormones in The Patch are absorbed directly into the skin. There is evidence that this higher dose of estrogen puts women at a greater risk for blood clots and related injuries, such as pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, and strokes, than other birth control methods.
Failure to Warn
Product manufacturers have a duty to notify the FDA, health care providers, and the general public of all known and reasonably foreseeable risks associated with their drugs. Even if a drug is safely designed and manufactured, a manufacturer may still be held liable for consumers’ injuries if a drug’s warnings were unclear or incomplete. For example, the Ortho Evra patch did not warn users of the increased risks associated with it over other methods of birth control. Many of the cases our firm takes on are based on injuries which occurred because the FDA, physicians, and/or consumers were not adequately warned of the risks associated with a commonly used drug, including Fosamax, Gadolinium, Yaz, and many others.
Missouri Drug Injury Recovery
If you have been harmed because of a drug that was defectively designed or manufactured, or because of inadequate warnings, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our offices today to learn about the many ways we may be able to help. With nearly 40 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys are well-qualified to fully address all of your legal needs.