If you’ve ever seen a pharmaceutical commercial on television, you probably know that there will be a portion of the commercial where the announcer will give a long list of potential side effects from the medication. This is because drug companies have a responsibility to warn customers of potential side effects of their medication. This case involves a prescription anti-psychotic drug that was prescribed to the defendant, an inmate in a correctional institution. He is alleging that the medication he was given caused gynecomastia, which is when men start to develop breasts. In order for someone to prevail on a claim against a drug manufacturer, they – with the assistance of their skilled Massachusetts product liability attorney – need to prove some specific things.
Standards to Hold Drug Companies Accountable
In the United States, the pharmaceutical industry is governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to disclose any side effects that they have knowledge of. As side effects are considered part of taking a medication, just because you suffer side effects does not mean that you will be able to recover damages. There are only specific circumstances where a consumer hurt by pharmaceuticals can hold them accountable for damages.