How safe are the medicines approved by the FDA? This is a question that comes up routinely when pharmaceuticals are recalled or new warnings are required after significant health problems are reported.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that “almost a third of drugs cleared by the Food and Drug Administration pose safety risks that are identified only after their approval.” Researchers “reviewed 222 products approved between 2001 and 2010 and followed them through February of this year.” They found that for 32% of the medications evaluated, “the FDA took some kind of action to deal with safety issues that emerged after approval.” The median time for the FDA to either withdraw the drug or issue a boxed warning or safety communication was 4.2 years after the drug was approved.

If you or someone you know has been injured by pharmaceuticals or defective medical devices, the attorneys at Stag Liuzza, LLC can help determine if you have legal recourse against the drug or device manufacturers.

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