Is a Drug Safe for Use Even Though it is not FDA Approved? Cleveland Attorney Peter Brodhead Explains
You may be surprised to find out that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not test and evaluate the medications and prescription drugs that you or your loved ones are taking.
A drug manufacturer actually handles their own research and testing. The drugs are tested and qualified by the company and then submitted to the FDA for approval for the public market.
However, the FDA agency is a very large agency with only so many resources. They receive hundreds of applications for new drugs every year and they heavily rely on the drug manufacturers to submit data and tests that are solid and qualified.
Yet, the reality is that doesn’t always happen. Unfortunately, there are drug manufacturers who don’t do enough adequate testing or disclose the harmful effects of the medication to the agency. And this results into the pain and suffering of patients all over the country, as drug manufacturers take shortcuts to get their product out to the public quicker.
Simply put, FDA approval does not guarantee a drug is safe. Unfortunately, the pace of development sometimes leads to inadequate testing and FDA regulation of new drugs, medical devices and implants as they are rushed to market. More importantly, many new medical devices are not thoroughly tested in real-life situations, or on a scale large enough to obtain meaningful tong-term data. Our attorneys have extensive experience with defective drugs and obtaining compensation for the harm you and your family have suffered.