Pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical device companies have a duty to make sure that their products are safe for use and that any risks associated with these products are made clear to physicians and consumers. While new drugs and medical devices must be evaluated by the FDA before being approved for use, it can be difficult to identify all potential long term risks during the testing process.
In addition, these companies spend millions of dollars in research and development for their products, and they can potentially lose billions of dollars if these products don't receive FDA approval. This creates a powerful incentive for pharmaceutical and medical device companies to do everything possible to get their products to market. When these companies place profits over consumer safety, the results can be catastrophic.
If you've suffered an injury after taking a dangerous drug or using a defective medical device, you may be entitled to file a product liability case in order to recover compensation for your damages. You can learn about your rights and options by speaking with Kimberly Wilson White in person. Please call 919-890-0180 today to schedule your free consultation at our Raleigh personal injury office.
Learned Intermediary Rule Makes Pharmaceutical Injury Cases Challenging
North Carolina applies the learned intermediary rule to dangerous drug and defective medical device cases. This rule considers physicians to be learned intermediaries between manufacturers and consumers. As long as the physician is properly warned of the potential risks and side effects of a drug or medical device, the manufacturer is shielded from liability.
Pharmaceutical companies and their high-powered legal teams often try to hide behind this rule in order to blame doctors and deflect liability in pharmaceutical injury cases. It's important to work with an attorney who has extensive experience handling these cases and understands the impact of the learned intermediary rule.
Experienced Raleigh Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyers
Kimberly Wilson White has successfully litigated against the pharmaceutical industry on many occasions. She has handled numerous cases involving injuries caused by a wide range of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, including:
- Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
- Metal on metal hip implants
- Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate
- Transvaginal mesh
- Power Morcellators
- Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs
- Medronic heart defibrillators
In addition to her extensive experience handling pharmaceutical injury cases, Ms. White has also authored articles and given multiple presentations before the North Carolina General Assembly on the drug approval process and the roles of the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry in bringing a drug to market. This experience, combined with her Master's degree in Public Health, provide her with a unique background in this area of law.
Please contact Wilson Law, P.A. today using the form or call 919-890-0180 today to schedule your free pharmaceutical injury consultation. We serve clients throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.