Many people rely on prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat medical conditions, maintain their health, and preserve their lives. The pharmaceutical industry is vast, and with the rapidly advancing research and technology of today’s world come a plethora of new drugs. However with time, many of these drugs are revealed to have dangerous side effects, and all too often, their use results in a patient’s injury. Victims of drug injuries in Clinton, South Carolina, can recover compensation from the appropriate party with the help of an experienced law firm.
Before a new drug is put on the market, it must go through a rigorous testing process and be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Before a drug is approved, it must be tested to determine its effectiveness, its safety, and that there are no excessively dangerous side effects.
However, it is the drug companies themselves that conduct the testing, and it is in the pharmaceutical companies’ financial interests to get their drugs approved as quickly as possible. When a drug company considers its bottom line to be more important than its patients’ health, it may skimp on testing. Perhaps the study has too small sample size or too short a duration, or a company may downplay or fail to report unfavorable data to the FDA.