Pros and Cons of Dangerous Pharmaceuticals

Pros and Cons of Dangerous Pharmaceuticals

Feb 11

Most drugs are typically a delicate balance of benefits and risks. They are efficacious in treating the condition they are designed for, and at the same time because they are so powerful, they often have side-effects, some serious enough to be life-threatening. In many instances, the comparative benefit of the drug barely outweighs the potential injury to the patient while in some cases the risks are just too great. And then there are those drugs that are most dangerous when because used for unapproved conditions. NuvaRing and Risperdal are examples of these last two types of dangerous pharmaceuticals.

NuvaRing is a slow-release contraceptive device made of flexible ethylene-vinyl acetate polymer that contains ethinyl estradiol and etonogesrel. It is designed to physically inhibit sperm from penetrating and chemically suppress ovulation. NuvaRing is manufactured Merck and Co.

Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson division Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism in both adults and children.

Both Merck and Janssen are facing numerous product liability lawsuits because the manufacturers were found to have been negligent, although for different reasons. NuvaRing plaintiffs allege that Merck failed to carry out adequate clinical trials for the product, which was later found to encourage dangerous levels of blood clotting in its users. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, a law firm based in Texas, this oversight caused grave injury to many women. The rationale behind every Risperdal lawsuit was that Janssen used misleading marketing strategies that encouraged the off-label use of the antipsychotic drug. These include cases involving the treatment of the elderly with dementia and conduct disorders.

Both products are effective in doing what they are supposed to do. However, because of the negligence of their manufacturers, they have caused preventable harm. If you have suffered an injury because dangerous pharmaceuticals, you may have an actionable case. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to find out more about the drug which caused you harm.