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How do defective drugs get through the system?

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In order for a prescription or over-the-counter drug to be available for sale, it must undergo a long and complicated process with pharmaceutical company and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before receiving approval. This process takes an average of four years and a great investment on the part of pharmaceutical companies. There are also many phases of testing for a drug to undergo before it reaches the consumer market.

With so much time and money invested in these drugs, some fear that the incentive to “fudge the science” by researchers, scientists and others may be great. There is also sometimes a conflict of interest, when representatives from the FDA may actually be employed by or have a stake in the pharmaceutical companies whose products they are evaluating.

While many effective and safe drugs are released each year that help many people and save lives, the potential for dangerous and defective drugs continues to be there.

If you or a family member has experienced an adverse drug reaction or injury which you believe to be the result of a defect in the drug, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney who has expertise in the area of defective drugs. Simply complete the form at the right for a free case evaluation.