Houston Harris County Dangerous Drug Lawyers | Houston Defective Drug Attorney | Product Liability Firms

Over the past decade, pharmaceutical companies in the Houston Texas, and, more generally, all around the United States, have pushed drugs and medications on doctors in exchange for handsome perks and privileges.  These pharmaceutical companies have spent billions on marketing, advertising, and selling these drugs to doctors.  Unfortunately, however, many of these drugs have been found to be dangerous, and even life threatening.  If you or a loved one has experienced a drug with strange side effects or subsequent illness and death, it is essential to contact a Houston Dangerous Drug lawyer of Houston Product Liability lawyer for assistance.  Houston Harris County Attorneys are experienced in all areas of product liability and dangerous drug lawyer and are ready to help with your problems and questions.

As a nation, we rely upon pills to fix whatever it is that ails us from heartburn to allergies, high blood pressure to arthritis, and insomnia to restless leg syndrome. As stated, the drug companies invest billions of dollars into research each year, developing and marketing drugs for consumer use. Last year alone, the pharmaceutical industry invested some $12.6 billion in new drug development. And, historically, the amount invested in drug development has doubled every five years. Many people take pills every day. We never expect them to hurt us. When they do, contact a Houston, Texas Dangerous Drug Lawyer. This can be a good thing. Sometimes, however, the push by the manufacturer to get a drug onto the market can cause health problems for unknowing consumers, often much more serious than the ailment the drug was being used to treat in the first place.

Houston residents take prescription and over-the-counter drugs each day and suffer from a variety of unnecessary, drug-related side effects. In many cases, it is a doctor or nutritionist who recommends a drug such as viagra or a nutritional supplement such as Herbalife.  Houston residents trust these doctors and nutritionists, and, as a result, unknowingly take it drugs that can be dangerous.  It is in these situations that a Houston drug recall attorney can help you.

Houston Harris County Drug Injury Lawsuits & Houston Drug Recall Lawsuits

Dangerous and defective drugs are rampant on the market, primarily due to the large pharmaceutical companies that release risky drugs in the hopes of turning a profit. Over the past two decades, these companies have put increasing pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant approvals faster and to implement less stringent testing processes. Of course, there are official channels and federal regulations that these companies must comply with in order to release their drugs, but the FDA will still approve a drug as long as its dangerous side effects are relatively rare.

Unfortunately, sometimes when the FDA approves a drug it is later discovered that it causes many more medical problems and harmful side effects than initially projected. In fact, the FDA itself has admitted that not all serious adverse reactions to prescription drugs are documented when drugs it approves hit the market. Consumer Reports found that one out of every six Americans has experienced a prescription drug related side effect serious enough to require medical treatment in a hospital. Imagine if one out of every six of your friends or family members in Houston, Texas were hospitalized due to adverse reactions to their medications!

As recently as March 8, 2011, the FDA ordered more than 500 common prescription drugs pulled from the market because it was concerned that they may contain ingredients that aren't proven to be safe or effective.  Additionally, these ingredients may cause injury to children under the age of two.  Many of the drugs in this recent drug recall involve common cough, cold, and allergy drugs that many Houston citizens have taken!  "We don't know what they are, whether they work properly, or how they are made," said Deborah M. Autor, director of the FDA's Office of Compliance at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research told reporters during a teleconference.  To learn more about this recent dangerous drug recall in Houston Texas, or any other drug recall that you think you may have been affected by, contact a Houston Product Liability or Houston Dangerous Drug Attorney for more assistance.

 

Occasionally, pharmaceutical companies end up recalling drugs when the side effects and complications are too dangerous. Other times, however, the drugs are never recalled at all. The result is that injuries and ailments both in Texas and across the country are commonplace and Houston dangerous drug injuries are often overlooked. If you are a victim of a dangerous drug or medical device, contact a Houston drug injury attorney or Houston medical device lawyer today for a consultation regarding your legal rights.

Serious side effects related to the use of dangerous prescription drugs include:
Stroke Birth defects Sleepdriving
Heart attack Kidney failure Amnesiaerculosis
Bone fractures Cardiovascular problems Multiple Sclerosis
Psychological imbalances Stevens Johnson Syndrome Death
Hallucinations Sleepwalking Suicide

Drugs are often recalled because they are dangerous. If you have taken a recalled drug, call a Houston Recalled Drugs Lawyer today.  For a list of Dangerous Drugs and their potential side effects and medical consequences, please visit our dangerous drug page.

Dangerous Drugs that may have harmed you or a loved one
Avandia Levitra Rezulin
Bextra Lotronex Serzone
Celebrex Meridia Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
Cialis Metoclopramide Strattera
Digitek Reglan Trasylol
Fen Phen Ortho Evra Viagra
Fosamax Paxil Vioxx
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Products Phenylpropanolamine Yaz
Hydroxycut PPA non-prescription cold and cough medicine Yasmin
Ketek Reglan Zelnorm

This list is by no means exclusive. We have compiled a long list of dangerous drugs that have been involved in litigation in recent years, along with the health consequences and side effects associated with the drugs.  If you or a family member has suffered a serious reaction or death due to a dangerous drug or medical device, you might be entitled to compensation from the company that markets and manufactures the drug. Contact a Houston drug recall attorney or Harris County drug recall attorney today to help you protect your rights.

Drug related injuries are caused by:  1) Drugs sold without warnings as to the hazards of use with certain other drugs, 2) Drugs sold with side effects; and 3) Drugs sold that tend to cause long term use, or withdrawal symptoms that occur when trying to reduce the dosage or quit using the drug altogether.

What Drugs are the most dangerous?

James T. O'Donnell, Pharm.D., M.S., FCP, ABCP, FACN has researched and determined six categories of drugs that are "most" dangerous.  These categories routinely appear in his study as well as other researchers studies in Houston and throughout the United States.  Examples are:

 

  • anticoagulants (heparin, warfarin)
  • antimicrobials (penicillins, cephalosporins, sulfonamides)
  • cardiac agents (digoxin, diuretics, hypotensives, quinidine)
  • CNS agents (analgesics, anticonvulsants, sefative-hypnotics)
  • diagnostic agents (radiocontract media)
  • hormones (cortisteroids, insulin)

Types of Drug Labels and Black Box Warnings

A black box warning is a type of warning that appears on the package insert for prescription drugs that may cause serious adverse effects. It means that medical studies indicate that the drug carries a significant risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse effects. The FDA can require a pharmaceutical company to place a black box warning on the labeling of a prescription drug, or in literature describing it. It is the strongest warning that the FDA requires. These so-called "black box" warnings have even been placed on anti-depressants for children, since an alarming number of children have committed suicide while taking anti-depressants.

Also, the FDA has supplied guidance on what should be included as to drug reactions, and how adverse reactions should be presented in drug warnings. A Houston, TX drug recall lawyer can advise you on whether a proper warning is present on a drug you have taken and whether you may have a claim against the manufacturer. The Houston Harris County product liability lawyers are well versed in all areas of product liability law, including the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

 

 

What are ways Houston, Texas, residents can bring lawsuits for Defective Drugs or Medical Devices?

Houston drug injury lawsuits may be brought in several different ways:

1. Individually, in Harris County Civil Court or in Harris County District Court;
2. Individually in a Houston Federal District Court in the Southern District,
3. As a group, through Drug Injury Class Action lawsuits; or,
4. As a group, through Multi-District Litigation.

See below for more information on Houston, Texas class action lawsuits and multi-district litigation suits involving dangerous drugs and devices. Houston drug recall attorneys are some of the best in the nation and are able to bring multi-district or class action lawsuits in defective drugs cases. Click here to read the Texas Products Liability Statute.

The Regulatory and Industry Parties in the United States and Around the World for Dangerous Drugs:

ICH (International Conference on Harmonization)
Europe: European Commission European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA)
U.S.A. (United States Food and Drug Administration) (FDA)
AND
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Japan: Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHLW) and Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

Houston Drug Class Actions

Houston Drug Class Actions Lawsuits are seen very rarely after a series of Texas Supreme Court rulings that placed obstacles in the way of certifying and winning a dangerous drug class action lawsuit. Additionally, the Texas Legislature adopted Chapter 26 of the Civil Practice & Remedies Code, which also places obstacles on the formation, or certification, of class actions. Finally, even the U.S. Congress, under President Bush, addressed class actions under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which severely tightened the availability of national class action lawsuits. However, in certain cases, a judge may certify a class action lawsuit, and this happens occasionally with defective drug lawsuits. If you believe a defective drug has injured you, contact a Houston drug recall attorney today.

Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Drug Lawsuits

Often, drug manufacturers will try to consolidate many individual lawsuits that are filed in various areas of the country into one central region of the country. This request is made under 28 U.S.C. ¤ 1447. Examples of MDLs pertaining to drugs are:

Bayer Aspirin Avandia
Epogen & Aranesp Mirapex
Vytorin & Zetia Fosamax
Trasylol Seroquel

Contact a Harris County Drug Injury law firm if you or a family member has been injured as a result of taking dangerous or defective drugs.

If an MDL has been formed pertaining to a drug that you took and from which you may have suffered adverse effects, it is essential that you retain a lawyer that actively practices in Federal Court and is familiar with the very specialized practice in MDL. Houston products liability attorneys are experienced in handling MDL and complex class actions lawsuits.

Who may be Liable for a Drug Injury?

The designer, manufacturer, and others involved in the chain of commerce, including the distribution of the products that caused the injury or illness, can be held liable for injuries and illnesses caused by the defective drug or medical device product. Houston drug injury lawyers will identify and pursue claims against all potentially liable parties.

Steps to make a claim for Houston defective drug injuries:

You must be able to prove that you took the drug. If it was purchased over-the-counter, then a receipt or a credit card statement would do. Sometimes it can take years to discover that a medication could be dangerous or otherwise defective, and this typically occurs after several people have already suffered debilitating injuries or wrongful death due to their use of the product. Obviously, if it was a prescription medication, proving that you took it is much simpler, but you should always do your best to document and record all pertinent evidence relating to your use of the drug and the effects that you suffered as a result;
       
You need to show that the drug or medical device caused a physical injury or illness (including psychological and/or mental illness) as the result of a defect in the medication or device, or its labeling;
       
If you or a loved one has been injured or has fallen ill due to what you believe is a defective drug product or device, do not delay in seeking immediate medical attention, as prompt diagnosis and treatment may help to avoid irreparable damage. It is also important to take immediate legal action, as restrictive Statutes of Limitations can prevent you from collecting the compensation to which you are entitled. Successful defective drug litigation sends a clear message to the pharmaceutical industry about accountability and consumer safety. For more information, contact one of the skilled Houston defective drug litigation attorneys listed at the top of this page.

How can a Houston Drug Recall Attorney or Houston Defective Medical Device Attorney help you?

An experienced lawyer can help you recover the money you deserve. Texas law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit under a law known as a Statute of Limitations, which is found in the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. After the applicable time period has passed, you may be legally barred from exercising your rights. In Texas, the limitations period is generally two (2) years from the date that the cause of action accrues, which is usually the time of injury. If you or a loved one has experienced a severe adverse reaction to a prescription or over-the-counter drug, or to a medical device, it is in your best interest to contact a Houston personal injury attorney who will fight to get you the settlement you deserve. Contact one of the attorneys listed at the top of this page for a consultation regarding your injury before Texas' two-year limitations period expires and your right to financial compensation has been forfeited!

If you are hurt or injured by a defective product or drug, a Houston, Texas personal injury trial attorney can take care of you in the courthouse and help you get justice/

Some of the Harris County Courts where Defective Drug Cases are filed
215th Civil District Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline Street, 13th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-368-6330
 
270th Civil District Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline Street, 13th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-368-6400
 
234th Civil District Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline Street, 13th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-368-6350
 
281st Civil District Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline Street, 14th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-368-6430
 
269th Civil District Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline Street, 13th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-368-6370
 
295th Civil District Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline Street, 14th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-368-6450
 

 

MedWatch is an online system whereby consumers can report serious reactions and side effects from medications, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies. The FDA recommends consulting your doctor for help with filling out the forms.

FDA Contact Information
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave., WO66-5429, Silver Spring, MD 20993
(800) 638-2041 or (301) 796-7100

FDA Houston District Office
FDA Houston Resident Post
1445 N. Loop West, Suite 420, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 802-9095 or Fax: (713) 802-0906

 

Harris County Hospitals
Ben Taub General Hospital
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 566-6410
Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030-2399
(832) 824-1000
Doctors Hospital Tidwell
510 West Tidwell
Houston, TX 77091
(281) 618-8505
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
1333 Moursund Street
Houston, TX 77030-3405
(713) 799-5000
Houston Northwest Medical Center
710 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77090
(281) 440-2105
The Menninger Clinic
2801 Gessner Drive
Houston, TX 77080
(713) 275-5000
Memorial Hermann Hospital
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030-1501
(713) 704-9077
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0294
(409) 772-1011

 

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