More Americans die every year from an adverse reaction to a prescription medication than they do from illegal drug use
Every year approximately 200,000 Americans die from prescription drug reactions. Manufacturers of drugs, medications, and medical devices have a duty to consumers to provide products that are reasonably safe when used as intended. A product’s approval by the FDA alone does not allow a manufacturer to avoid liability.
Companies are obligated to inform the public of a product’s risks, and the required methods of informing the public vary by the type of product. With non-prescription drugs, proper labeling and enclosures are generally sufficient. However, prescription drugs are used under the supervision of a physician, and as a result, the manufacturing company only has a duty to inform the physician.