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Millions of people in the United States take prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, and health supplements every day believing they’re safe. And in the majority of cases, they are safe and can help treat illnesses, diseases and alleviate many health problems.

Unfortunately, many people suffer bad, and sometimes fatal, side effects every year from medications that are supposed to help them. Some examples are:

  • Baycol – Bayer took its cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol off the market after it appeared to be responsible for 31 deaths.
Woman clenching in pain after taking medicine
  • Bextra – Pfizer pulled its arthritis drug Bextra from the U.S. market after the FDA found its risks of heart, stomach, and skin problems outweighed its benefits.
  • Fen-Phen – Popular weight-loss drug Fen-Phen was pulled from the market after the FDA expressed concerns about damage the drug was doing to patients’ heart valves.
  • Rezulin – Popular diabetes pill Rezulin was withdrawn from the market after the FDA linked it to many liver failures and deaths.
  • Vioxx – Merck pulled its painkiller Vioxx off the market after it was revealed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. According to some estimates, about 88,000 Americans had heart attacks from taking Vioxx, and 38,000 of them died. Merck eventually paid $4.85 billion to end thousands of lawsuits. However, they refused to admit fault.

The above cases are only a handful of examples that illustrate how FDA-approved drugs can prove to be dangerous.

If you or a loved one has suffered complications from medications you believed to be safe, you might be entitled to compensation.

Cohen & Marzban is one of the most respected Los Angeles pharmaceutical attorney firms.

We help clients who have suffered serious side effects due to the use of dangerous medication to receive the compensation they deserve.

How Medications Might Damage Your Health

Lack of Regulations – Herbal and health supplements are not regulated by the FDA so they don’t have to be approved before being put on the market. Sometimes a supplement can contain harmful ingredients that might damage your health.

Greed – Big Pharma has long been accused of putting profits before safety. They typically spend more money on marketing than on safety research and are known to often rush new products to the market.

Inadequate Quality Standards – Ingredients can differ from batch to batch and from supplier to supplier. Manufacturers often get complacent and fail to thoroughly test new batches to ensure it complies with the highest quality standards and is not contaminated.

Improper Labelling – Medications are occasionally put on the market with incorrect or incomplete information on their labels. It can include neglecting to specify all the ingredients and even the correct dosage instructions.

Unknown Side Effects – Potential side effects don’t always show up immediately during trials and often manifest much later. In addition, there may not be any initial physical symptoms that could signal a red flag.

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Let us know if you’re unable to travel to our office. We’ll gladly send one of our pharmaceutical lawyers to visit you at home or in hospital, anywhere in Southern California.

Why Choose Cohen & Marzban Personal Injury Attorneys?

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With over 45 years of experience, we have already recovered $2,000,000,000+ for our clients!

Our list of accomplishments includes winning The Litigator Award™ – an honor given to only the top 1% of trial attorneys in the United States.

If you need a respected law firm with a proven track record on your side, Cohen & Marzban is the place to go. We stand ready to help you.

All new clients receive a free consultation and if we decide to take on your case, we don’t get paid unless you get paid!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do i have to prove the manufacturer was negligent?

In personal injury cases, you typically have to prove that the other party was negligent. However, many states, including California, follow a strict liability doctrine for products liability.

With regards to product liability, you need to prove that the product was defective. It does not matter if the manufacturer wasn’t negligent and exercised great care during the manufacturing process.

In addition, you need to prove that the defect was an actual and proximate cause (main cause) of the injury you suffered.

Contact a pharmaceutical lawyer at Cohen & Marzban for a more detailed explanation related to your unique circumstances.

What role does the fda play in drug recalls?

The FDA views a drug recall as the best way to protect the public from a defective or potentially harmful product. It’s a voluntary action taken by a company to remove a defective drug from the market on its initiative or by FDA request.

The FDA classifies drug recalls in one of three classes, namely:

Class I: A dangerous or defective product that could cause serious health problems or death.

Class II: A product that might cause a temporary health problem or pose a slight threat of a serious nature.

Class III: A product unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction but violates FDA labeling or manufacturing laws.

Note: Not all recalls are announced by the FDA or in the news media.

An experienced pharmaceutical attorney with the necessary expertise will be able to explain what impact a drug recall has on your claim.

What types of damages might i be able to recover?

Examples of the types of damages a pharmaceutical attorney might recover for you include:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages and future loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Physical therapy
  • Trauma counselling
  • Wrongful death

If you’ve suffered serious side effects due to the use of dangerous medication, the pharmaceutical lawyers at Cohen & Marzban stand ready to help you.