Pharmaceutical companies are in business to make money. They are businesses and must be profitable in order to satisfy investors. However, the drugs that pharmaceutical companies sell to the public, even those that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are not always safe. When defective drugs enter the marketplace and cause injury to Calcasieu residents, compensation may be available to victims who wish to file a personal injury claim.
Recently, the FDA made announcements regarding the OxyElite Pro diet drug, which has become popular among dieters throughout the country. The company that manufactures the drug, USPlabs, is recalling certain products because they have been linked to liver damage. In fact, one individual has reportedly died from taking the drug.
Just before issuing the voluntary recall, the FDA sent a letter to the company advising it to recall the defective drugs. The letter said that failing to recall the drug would result in the FDA issuing a stop order, which would bar the company from the distribution of its drugs. The FDA also threatened to bar retailers from selling the manufacturer's products.
The FDA arrived at its decision regarding the defective drugs after reviewing medical records indicating that people were falling ill after using the diet pill. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been a total of 56 confirmed liver illness cases tied to the use of the OxyElite Pro diet pill. Any resident of Calcasieu who suspects that he or she may have suffered injury or illness as a result of taking this defective drug may be eligible to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. A thorough evaluation of medical records and symptoms will be necessary to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of such a claim.
Source: counselheal.com, Diet Drug Recalled Due to Potential Liver Damage, Cheri Cheng, Nov. 11, 2013