Defective and Dangerous Drugs Lawyers Malden, Boston

About Dangerous Drug and Defective Medical Product Litigation

As medical technology advances, new drugs and devices become more indispensable to American consumers. Companies rush new goods to market while injuries and deaths from defective products continue to climb. Just as manufacturers reap huge profits from successful products, they should pay the costs when they develop and market substandard ones. At Rodman, Rodman & Sandman in Malden, Massachusetts, Boston-area victims of dangerous, defective drugs and medical products can find seasoned attorneys with their interests at heart. Our lawyers succeed with high-value litigation in a high-stakes environment.

Dangerous Drugs

Properly developed and administered, prescription medicines are invaluable tools. Unfortunately, some drugs reach the market without sufficient testing, and have dangerous side effects as a result. Defective drugs litigation requires our attorneys to bargain forcefully with the lawyers and other officials representing huge drug companies.

We specialize in negotiating large verdicts and settlements to cover our clients' medical costs and other expenses. Defective drugs hurt people and impose huge costs on the healthcare system. The companies who irresponsibly rush these untested drugs to market should also be responsible for the damage caused by their dangerous products.

When the FDA determines that a drug's risks outweigh its benefits, a recall is issued. Recently recalled dangerous drugs include:

  • VIOXX®: An arthritis drug recalled in 2004 after a study showed that it increased the risk of stroke and heart attack in patients who took it as prescribed.
  • Fen-Phen: A dangerous combination of prescription diet drugs - fenfluramine and phentermine - used to control appetite. Manufacturers settled a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in 1997 after Fen-Phen was shown to cause severe heart and neuropsychological damage.
  • Baycol®: Used to lower cholesterol. This defective drug was popular until it was linked in 2001 to a rare muscle condition called rhabdomylosis, which causes kidney failure and death.
  • Serzone®: An antidepressant. Serzone® has not yet been recalled despite studies linking it to an increased chance of liver damage.
  • Propulsid®: Removed from the American market in 2000, Propulsid® was used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Taking this drug increases a person's risk of an irregular heartbeat.
  • Lotronex®: Withdrawn from the market in 2002 and then reintroduced in 2004 after confidential negotiations between manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA. Lotronex® treats irritable bowel syndrome, but causes life-threatening gastrointestinal complications in some patients.
  • PPA: Phenylpropanolamine was a popular over-the-counter and prescription decongestant. It was recalled in 2000 after it was found to cause hemorrhagic strokes in women.
  • Rezulin®: An anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic drug that causes hepatitis. The FDA investigator who initially rejected it was fired after manufacturer Parke-Davis successfully lobbied for its approval in the late 1990's. It was recalled in 2000.

If you or someone you know has taken one of these dangerous medications, schedule a consultation with one of our defective drugs attorneys in Malden, near Boston, today. You may deserve compensation for the dangerous position you were in. Our defective drugs lawyers can help you get it.

Defective Medical Devices

Defective medical devices are so worrisome because it is often unclear anything is wrong until it is too late. One of the most infamous examples of this is an implantable electronic defibrillator marketed by Guidant. This device, designed to regulate heart rhythm electrically, was recalled in 2005 after it was shown to be defective. Worse yet, the company knew for three years that the device was defective before recalling it, and people died in the interim.

Guidant made billions of dollars on these defective defibrillators. The costs to patients were huge: in addition to the cost of the device itself, there was the cost and risk associated with multiple major surgeries and the risk of heart failure that they unknowingly faced while relying on a faulty device.

Similar scenarios take place regularly with defective medical devices. People rely on products for their very lives, and those products turn out to be defective. The makers of these shoddy products should not be able to profit from them at their customers' expense, and it is the business of our law firm to make sure that they do not.

Meet with Our Defective and Dangerous Drugs Lawyers

To those who depend on them, faulty medical products are dangerous. If you have been injured by defective drugs or medical devices, our lawyers can help. To speak with one of our attorneys serving Boston, Malden, and Medford, contact Rodman, Rodman & Sandman and schedule a consultation.