What’s the Difference Between a Drug Side Effect and a Drug Injury?
All medications have side effects that are usually discovered either during their research and development phases or during clinical trials involving actual patients. Those side effects are often well-documented on medication packaging, in commercials and advertisements, and via healthcare providers when they prescribe drugs to patients. Side effects can range from mild symptoms to severe and potentially life-threatening complications.
Drug injuries, on the other hand, are almost always debilitating or even fatal, and they’re usually undocumented and unpublicized by drug manufacturers to make sure their drugs are approved and released. However, many pharmaceutical companies are aware of the drug injury risks that their medications pose to patients, but they either choose to ignore those risks or they fail to report them to healthcare providers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help anyone who was seriously harmed by a medication. The line between side effects and injuries isn’t always clear, and that’s why it’s important to get a law firm on your side if you or someone you love suffered health problems after taking a medication. Get in touch with our legal team today to find out how we may be able to help—we’re ready to put our experience to work for your family.