Pharmaceutical products are manufactured for one purpose and that is to make customers well. Before being sold to the market, it is important that these products are rigorously tested in order to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, some manufacturers fail in this aspect and sell their product in the market despite the danger it poses. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, defective drugs can bring about serious side effects to a patient.
When filing a defective drugs liability claim, there are various parties involved that you can sue. Thus it is possible to have more than one defendant in your lawsuit. Here are some of the likely parties you can include in your case:
Distribution of the drug starts from the manufacturer. They are usually large companies given the huge market for pharmaceutical drugs and the technical challenges associated with the development of a new drug.
A testing laboratory can be included in your case for their failure to elaborately test the drug before pushing it to the market.
Pharmaceutical companies usually hire sales reps to promote their latest drugs and recommend it to doctors and other members of the medical field. They can also be held liable for recommending a dangerous drug.
Doctors can be held liable for injuries for not informing you about any side effects or how to properly use the drug.
Hospital or Clinic
A hospital or clinic can be included in your claim as they are part of the distribution channel from the manufacturer to you
The pharmacy is the stopover of the distribution channel. A pharmacist can be held liable for their failure to advise you of how to properly use the drug.
When several parties are involved, you may consider filing joint or several liability. With this ruling, each defendant can both “jointly” and “separately” add up to the total amount of damages. Thus, if one of the defendants is unable to pay, the other defendants can compensate for the missing amount.Read More