Over the past few decades, a certain type of drug manufacturing has escaped Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight. Today, these drug companies distribute large quantities of drugs nationwide. The term for these types of manufacturing facilities are compounding pharmacies. If you or a loved one suffers serious injury from a pharmaceutical drug, find out how a Las Vegas dangerous drugs attorney can help.
USA Today recently ran an article about compounding drugs that explained the process and why it is dangerous. According to the article, public records show people have suffered for more than a decade from fatal infections and overdoses from compounded drugs. The FDA defines pharmaceutical compounding as “the combining, mixing or altering of ingredients to create a customized medication for an individual patient in response to a licensed practitioner’s prescription.” However, the FDA does not subject compounding pharmacies to the same strict regulations that it does large-scale drug manufacturing companies. While drug compounding started out as small-scale operations, today they distribute thousands of medication doses nationwide. As the demand increased, these companies became more concerned with volume production and shipping than quality control. The outcome of this focus has been dangerous drugs, and an example is the recent fungal meningitis outbreak being traced to a steroid that was contaminated during the compounding process. Since 2001, state and federal records linked compounding pharmacies to more than 24 deaths involving contaminated or incorrectly measured drugs. Surgeries using contaminated drugs caused fungal eye infections, patients died from contaminated nutritional supplements and other patients died from incorrect doses of intravenous pain medications.
If you or a loved one suffers injury from a dangerous drug, contact a dangerous drug lawyer in Las Vegas to discuss your legal options.
Huggins & Maxwell can help you hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for needless injuries and death.