Defective or Harmful Drugs
Prescription drugs undergo rigorous testing before being allowed to be used in the UK, but sometimes difficulties can still arise.
At the extreme end of the scale, we have drugs that clearly should never have been allowed -– Thalidomide being perhaps the most well known example that most people would readily identify. Thalidomide was widely used in the 1950’s and 1960’s to treat morning sickness during pregnancy until it was linked with severe birth defects in thousands of children.
We then have a range of drugs that are deemed ‘safe’ and fit for purpose, yet can be extremely dangerous or harmful to specific individuals. For example, sodium valproate, used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorders and, in rare cases, migraines, can be used by the vast majority without ill-effect. However, it has also been linked with birth defects and learning difficulties in children so should not be prescribed to pregnant women. Lariam could perhaps be placed in the same category; a malaria drug given to members of the armed forces and those travelling and working in malaria hot spots. As with sodium valproate, it can be effective in a number of individuals, but others, especially those with a history of mental illness, can suffer very serious side effects.
Some drugs are not necessarily dangerous in their own right, but can present problems if they are labelled incorrectly in terms of dosage/strength, or if they are prescribed past their use by dates.
Investigating a defective or dangerous drug allegation is a very specialist legal task and not one that all solicitor firms can undertake. Thankfully you can have Russell Worth on your side, fighting for your rights every step of the way on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Who Can We Help?
Russell Worth Solicitors is a specialist personal injury law firm. As such, we can help you if you have suffered an injury because of a defective or harmful product.
We are not a consumer rights group. If your complaint is about the product only but no injury has been suffered as a result of the product/service, then, unfortunately, we will not be able to offer you any assistance.
When you contact us it would be useful, although not essential, if you have some or all of the information below:
- The name of the product and, if possible, the manufacturer
- Details of the injury
- When the injury happened and how it happened
- Where and when you bought the product
- What the alleged defect or fault is
- How you paid for the product – particularly by credit card or some other form of finance
Don’t worry if you do not have all the details to hand, call us and let us know the information you do have, and we can see if that is enough for us to assess your case and offer our expert services on a No Win, No Fee basis.
In this day and age, retailers and manufacturers can come and go very quickly, so the sooner you tell us about the problem, the better the chances are that we can trace the responsible party and secure you the compensation you deserve.