People harmed by defective drugs often have signature injuries caused by a specific medication. These are specific types of injuries that are only caused by the drugs. A lawyer can use this information to identify drug injuries and demonstrate that defective medication is to blame. In this video, attorney Patrick Montoya describes how lawsuits can help protect consumers from the harmful effects of off-label prescribing and defective drugs.
Often times pharmaceutical injury cases have what’s called a “signature injury,” there’s a particular injury that is associated with the drug. For example, the Vioxx cases, Vioxx was a painkiller. But what they found with Vioxx was it caused heart attacks and strokes, and certain types of strokes, and certain types of heart attacks. So once the problem became studied, you started realizing the certain signature injuries that went along with that, and different products have different signature injuries. Another area that we’ve looked at, in pharmaceutical cases, is what’s called off-label use. Many times, a drug will be made for a particular problem. For example, the Vioxx again, which was a painkiller. But many times, people will take, or doctors will take a drug, or the manufacturers will take a drug, and say well not only is it effective for pain, it’s also effective for autism, for example. And they will prescribe it to an autistic population without having really, fully studied what the effects can be to that other population, or that off-label use. Well 2-3 years down the road you start to find you have problems throughout that population, because frankly it wasn’t studied. So, what we’re trying to do is push for more studies by the pharmaceutical companies, and for better research, and for honest research. And we think the best way to do that is through effective and honest litigation. Frankly the only things that the pharmaceutical companies are understanding is a lawsuit sometimes, because even with the FDA’s oversight, the FDA doesn’t have enough people or enough staff to fight these problems. It’s through private lawsuits and responsible litigation that we’re able to keep the pharmaceutical companies in check. For more information, you can contact Colson Hicks Eidson at our website www.Colson.com.