New drugs are required to undergo extensive testing by the drug manufacturing company before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and permitted to enter the market for consumer use. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways in which drug manufacturing companies can side-step the FDA’s regulations. For example, some drug manufacturing companies will conceal the more serious side effects of a drug in order to ensure its approval by the FDA. We, as consumers, often have no notion of the process by which drugs enter the market; we know only that the medication we are taking has been approved to treat our symptoms and, despite some minor side effects, will cause us little harm. However, there are some drugs on the market today that have been known to cause significant injury to consumers, sometimes causing enough damage that the risks may even outweigh the benefits of the medication.
Unfortunately, consumers may be unaware of the dangers of many of the medications currently on the market. They may even be unknowingly taking a drug that has caused any number of major side effects, including stroke, death, heart attack, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, liver disease and kidney disease, among others. Other pharmaceutical drugs have been associated with severe birth injuries in infants exposed to the drugs, including cardiovascular malformations, skeletal defects and neural tube birth injuries. The side effects caused by defective drugs can leave a person physically incapacitated, unable to perform normal daily activities like going to work or enjoying time with family. Similarly, children who are born with a birth injury like any number of neural tube birth defects are likely to require surgical treatment as well as life-long medical care.