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Recalled / Defective Drugs

Personal injury lawyers dedicate a great deal of their time to counseling clients through the often painful aftermath of medical malpractice experiences. But what about situations in which medical personnel did not act negligently, yet a healthcare matter still caused suffering when medicine or a medical device was discovered to be defective?

Often, patients don't realize that their recalled medication—and even over-the-counter remedies—can be blamed for seemingly unrelated injuries and illnesses. This is why it is imperative for anyone who has been exposed to a defective drug or device that is currently—or has ever been—under recall to seek experienced legal help about the issue.

You thought the drug would make you better. Instead, you feel worse. What now?

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Drug Recalls Are More Common Than You Think

The pharmaceutical industry is extremely competitive, and drug manufacturing giants aggressively market their products, often with their eyes strictly on the profits. This has created such a problem that in 2008, the pharmaceutical industry had to revise ethical guidelines for marketing their products. Unfortunately, that has done little to reform their practices.

As a result of the long-time emphasis on marketing, dangerous side effects and potential health problems have been hidden from the public eye. To make matters worse, it can take years before some drugs' dangerous side effects are even discovered.

The good news is that you have rights, and Westmoreland Injury Lawyers is here to help you fight back against the pharmaceutical companies. Talk with our drug recall lawyers for FREE right now.

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Why Are Drugs Recalled?

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There are various reasons why a drug or medical device may be recalled, and not all recalls are cause for alarm—some are simple packaging errors, and the product itself is not unsafe. However, you may still want to consult a knowledgeable legal resource if false health claims or labeling mistakes have misled you. After all, simple oversights can sometimes cause complicated problems.

In the United States, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is typically involved in any drug recall process. This government entity has organized a rating system to help people understand the threat level that an identified bad drug or health product poses to users. Manufacturers will typically recall the product on a self-led, voluntary basis, especially within the less serious classification types. However, the FDA may also compel a company to perform the recall.

What Are the Different Types of FDA Recalls?

Class I Recall

This classification is the most serious type. The FDA considers products that are recalled under a Class I action to be "a dangerous or defective product that could cause serious health problems or death." You will almost always hear about Class I recalls through the media, as the FDA makes a point of publicizing these for health products and medicines in widespread use or that have particularly hazardous effects on users.

Class II Recall

The FDA describes Class II recalls this way: "A product that might cause a temporary health problem, or pose slight threat of a serious nature." So, less dangerous to overall public health but could still lead to pain and suffering for some individuals. The scariest thing about a recall of this type is that you might not hear about it unless you subscribe to and regularly read the FDA's weekly enforcement reports.

Class III Recall

A Class III recall is considered the least serious, as it applies to "a product that is unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violates FDA labeling or manufacturing laws." Again, this lower priority type of recall may not be well-publicized, which means you will have to go looking for the information. Additionally, recall classes can change over time and be elevated to other classifications.

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Has Your Medication Been Recalled?

While there are thousands of drugs on the market, some dangerous drugs include, but aren't limited to:

  • Accutane
  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Avandia
  • Baycol
  • Byetta
  • Bextra
  • Supplements
  • Botox
  • Celebrex
  • CellCept
  • Celexa
  • Chantix
  • Crestor
  • Digitek
  • Duragesic Patch
  • Effexor
  • Ephedra
  • Fen-Phen
  • Fleet Phospho-soda
  • Fosamax
  • Heparin
  • Hydroxycut
  • Ketek
  • Lariam
  • Luvox
  • Lyrica
  • Meridia
  • Neurontin
  • Ortho Evra Patch
  • Paxil
  • Permax
  • Plavix & Prilosec/Prilosec OTC
  • PPA
  • Prempro
  • Raptiva
  • Reglan
  • Remeron
  • Serevent
  • Seroquel
  • Serzone
  • Strattera
  • Tequin
  • Trasylol
  • Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet, 100 count bottles
  • Tysabri
  • Viagra
  • Vioxx
  • Wellbutrin
  • Xarelto
  • Yasmin
  • Zelnorm
  • Zoloft
  • Zyprex

How to Stay Safe and Informed During an FDA Recall of Your Medication

Discovering that a medication you rely on is the subject of a significant FDA recall can be confusing and scary. And knowing whether you're a victim of the irresponsible drug industry is not always easy.

If you've suffered a severe reaction to a recalled drug—or even if you're unsure whether your health issues could be related to a recalled drug—you may be entitled to compensation. Contacting a compassionate, experienced personal injury lawyer for help won't cost you anything to learn more about your potential recalled and defective drug case.

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Spotlight on Zantac Cancer Cases


Have you heard of the cancer-causing substance N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)? If you or a loved one have been taking Zantac or generic/store brand versions of the popular over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn remedy ranitidine, you may have been exposed. And that exposure might be related to your cancer of the bladder, uterus, stomach, kidneys, or liver.

If you suspect that Zantac has harmed you, you need to call us right away. The lawyers in our Greensburg law office are your best resource for determining whether you should file a Zantac cancer lawsuit in light of the current Zantac and ranitidine drug recall by the FDA, which has been in the news.

Call us now, or continue reading for more information about this recalled drug and your rights as someone who has experienced an injury from it.

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Westmoreland Injury Lawyers is Here Help You Fight the Drug Companies

Have you been a victim of the pharmaceutical industry? If you've suffered a severe reaction to a prescribed or OTC drug or medical device—especially any that have been subject to an FDA recall—you owe it to yourself to find out if you are entitled to compensation. And, it won't cost you anything to talk with us about your rights.

Just contact the caring drug recall attorneys at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers for your FREE consultation. Throughout Western Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Injury Lawyers is well known for our experience in fighting back against unethical practices in the pharmaceutical industry, and we are here to help YOU.

Now more than ever before, we understand that our neighbors here in Greensburg may be facing uncertainty about their health and wellbeing. If you or a loved one has developed cancer or suffered other injuries that you suspect may be related to taking defective drugs, you may have a case. Don't wait. Call us, stop by our office, or send us a secure message through our website to begin the case review process.

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