Science has provided us with many life-changing and life-saving drugs. But some pharmaceutical manufacturers take shortcuts during the product development and approval process or choose to ignore dangerous side effects. This can result in medications out on the marketplace that have devastating side effects that not even the prescribing doctors know about.
At Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, we represent people who have suffered serious injuries as the result of dangerous drugs and pharmaceutical products. We help even the playing field by holding these companies responsible when they put corporate profits over the public’s safety and welfare. When your doctor prescribes you a medication, they use their best medical judgment to do what is best for you; they’re forced to rely on the information given to them about that drug from the manufacturer. If the drug company has not fully disclosed the potential negative side effects of a drug, then you and your doctor are making decisions about your health without full information, which is not fair to you, your doctor, or the public. You are entitled to weigh all the pros and cons in deciding what medicines to take. We have vast experience in handling these type of failure to inform cases.
If you have been hurt by a drug that has been rushed to market or not adequately tested, we can help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
Why Do Harmful Pharmaceuticals Get Approved in the First Place?
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with ensuring that pharmaceutical products are safe, effective, and do not harm the public. Unfortunately, the FDA is overworked, understaffed, and must rely on information given to them by the very companies whose products they are policing in order to determine whether the drugs are safe. Most people don’t realize that the data and studies used in the drug approval process by the FDA are from the manufacturer seeking approval. This can result in certain unscrupulous companies putting their own profits over the safety of the public. They have millions of dollars and decades of research invested in their pipeline of drugs. The temptation to bury reports of adverse events or to manipulate the results of a study can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, we see it happen all too often.
These large multi-national drug manufacturers spend hundreds of millions of dollars researching and developing new products. By the time they get their drugs to the FDA approval stage, they are so eager to recoup their investment that they can turn a blind eye to the dangerous side effects of their products.
Our firm aggressively seeks the compensation that can help our clients rebuild their lives.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from a prescribed medication, contact our firm.
What Types of Cases Have You Worked On?
We represent people in cases involving all types of dangerous and defective medications (with or without black box warnings). Currently, we are working on the following cases:
- Xarelto (blood thinner)
- Testosterone supplements
- IVC filters
- Asbestos lung cancer suits
- Roundup Exposure
- Opioid Medications
In the past we have handled many drug lawsuits including:
- Yaz and Yasmin
- Fentanyl patch
I Think I’ve Taken A Dangerous Medication. How Can Devereaux, Stokes Help Me?
We act decisively to investigate the adverse effects you have experienced and tie them conclusively to your use of the medication. Our pharmaceutical litigation lawyers will supplement their efforts with the investigations of medical experts, biotech scientists, and other specialists.
We will also carefully examine the effect your use of the medication has had on your life to document your losses for inclusion in your claim. We will seek maximum compensation for you.
Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis, Missouri, represents individuals. We may combine certain cases with others in a class action suit or in multidistrict mass tort litigation in order to minimize expenses and maximize the recovery you may obtain.
For more consumer-friendly information on approved drugs, side effects, potential warnings, and safe use, visit the FDA’s page on consumer products.
Our firm has the resources and determination needed to succeed against well-funded opponents. We will be your strong advocate, working tirelessly to obtain the best possible result for you.