Throughout the past decade, the pharmaceutical industry has steadily grown in its research and development of medications, including contraceptives. While the range of contraceptive oral medications, as well as devices, such as I.U.D.s, has increased, so has the amount of legal activity based upon contraceptives. One area of litigation pertains to product liability and contraceptives.
How Injuries Arise From Contraceptives
Even though pharmaceutical manufacturers are subject to oversight and regulation from the Federal Food and Drug Administration, people can still sustain an injury from taking a contraceptive. An injury may be isolated; however, a particular drug reaction can affect a large group of women who take the contraceptive. As a result, the medication may have to be recalled and the drug manufacturer may be subject to liability for the injuries, despite the recall.
Contraceptive Product Liability Lawsuits
Contraceptive product liability cases typically arise in instances where a defective contraceptive leads to a person's injury or death. When this occurs, a design defect can be the underlying cause which has resulted in the whole production line of the contraceptives being defective. Once the contraceptive enters the marketplace, the consumer can become sick or die, even when utilizing the contraceptive correctly. In this instance, the pharmaceutical company can be subject to liability to the consumer.
Examples of Contraceptive Prescription Drug Product Liability Cases
Some examples of contraceptive prescription drugs which have been the subject of product liability lawsuits include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Ortho-Evra birth control pills
Getting Legal Help
Product liability cases involving injuries from contraceptives can be complex. Therefore, if one has been injured from taking a contraceptive and believes that there may be a product liabilty case, one should consider consulting with an experienced products liability attorney. A seasoned attorney can review the matter in order to determine whether a products liability case exists. In addition, the experienced attorney can help one determine the most beneficial course of action to take in the matter.