How Long Does It Take Drug Injuries to Appear?

Drug injuries are often more severe than side effects, and they can put pharmaceutical companies on the hook for negligence lawsuits because they’re typically hidden from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, doctors, pharmacists, and patients themselves. But not all drug injuries are the same, both in their severity and how long they take to show up.

There are typically two types of drug injuries when it comes to duration or latency period after taking a medication:

  • Immediate injuries—These injuries happen right away and are most common in drugs that are affected by superpotency, contamination, or labeling errors. In other words, people who take drugs that contain too much of an active ingredient, a bacteria, mold, or harmful chemical, or the wrong drug/dosage altogether, can be seriously injured.
  • Long-term injuries—Sometimes injuries take months, years, or even decades to become apparent. This can happen due to contamination, as was the case with ranitidine/Zantac and its contamination with NDMA, or other drugs that use unsafe ingredients or that weren’t properly tested and are later found to cause cancer and other diseases.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a drug injury, it’s important to get legal help right away. The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can investigate your injuries and compare them to known or reported side effects and injuries of the medications you’re taking.

Then, we’ll build a claim designed to get you maximum compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.