What Can Consumers Do to Protect Themselves from Dangerous Drugs?

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February 12, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

Injury Lawyers Upholding the Rights of Drug Injury Victims

In the following video, injury attorney Mike Eidson talks about the knowledge he has gained representing individuals and the families of individuals in pharmaceutical litigation for injuries and wrongful deaths caused by dangerous drugs. Sadly, most consumers are unaware of potentially dangerous drugs until it is too late. Our firm constantly reviews several drug databases to stay current on information about newly recognized bad drugs. If you believe a defective drug caused you catastrophic personal injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, speak with someone from our firm today for assistance.

Video Transcription

Consumers are usually the last to know about the harmful side effects from a product. There is nothing they can do in many of the cases, where the drugs, the defect that you allege, in most cases, is they failed to warn or tell people about the risks or side effects of taking the drugs so they can protect themselves. An investigation has usually been going on internally with a government regulatory agency and the manufacturer for a long time before a consumer ever learns about it.

Usually the lawyers know about it, because we monitor so many databases. We learn, we start finding, “Well, that’s not a side effect. You should not get that kind of a side effect.” Fen-Phen was a perfect example. Fen-Phen was a diet drug, and it caused actually people to have to replace their heart valves. What they thought was nothing but a diet drug that was making billions of dollars for the manufacturers because it wasn’t tested adequately, ended up literally causing thousands of people, and most of those were women, to have to have heart valve defects – people in their teens, 20s and 30s.

But a heart defect is a bad thing, to have to replace a heart valve when you’re a young person and go through all of that. We had one client that had two heart valves replaced before she was 36 because she took Fen-Phen. So, thousands of these people were already suffering the effects of this mass produced and mass marketed food supplement called Fen-Phen before people ever knew that there was anything wrong with it.