March 8, 2011 1 Comment
With the onslaught of legal drugs on the market, pharmaceutical product liability cases have become mainstream in the court system. It boggles the mind how many possible harmful side effects there are for one medication alone. Just listen to any commercial for depression medicine – and you’d better listen carefully. They have to speak quickly to get them all in.
If a pharmaceutical company lists all possible harmful effects, does that relieve them from liability? Do a certain number of people have to die or have a stroke in order for the drug to be pulled from the market? Conversely, did the patient do something to exacerbate the problem? Take too much of the medicine? Not enough? Is the pharmacy liable for miscalculating the dosage?
This is when Pharmaceutical, Pharmacology and Toxicology Experts and Consultants come into play. The variables are so complex and many that a case cannot be thoroughly adjudicated without the scientific and practical experience that these particular Experts hold. They use their skills to review medical and pharmacy records, evaluate drug delivery standards of care, toxicity, adverse drug events and even FDA regulations. These Experts and Consultants are retained to determine the period of time a drug was used and a patient’s average compliance or adherence to taking a drug, among so many other things.
The bottom line is that Pharmaceutical, Pharmacology and Toxicology Experts and Consultants are essential to resolving complex medical issues involving pharmaceuticals and drugs. That they play a major role in helping to regulate the industry, compensate the injured and defend the innocent cannot be denied.