Defective Drugs & Medical Devices
Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed by defective products approved for consumer use. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that these incidents cost approximately $700 billion annually.
In 2009 our founding partner, Benedict Morelli, won the largest vaccine verdict in U.S. history – a $22.5 million award for a man who contracted polio 30 years earlier when changing his daughter’s diaper after she was given a live oral polio vaccine.
Mr. Morelli has also been involved in numerous large-scale pharmaceutical litigations, or “mass torts,” against the manufacturers of defective drugs such as Vioxx, Chantix and Avandia. Mr. Morelli was co-counsel in the first Vioxx trial, which resulted in a $253,000,000.00 verdict for the plaintiff. He also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in the Avandia litigation.
Protecting the Victims of Dangerous Medications
A high percentage of product liability incidents involve defective prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Just because a drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not necessarily mean it’s completely safe for use. According to data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 350,000 individuals in the United States died because of adverse drug reactions or interactions in 2006 alone.
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Drug manufacturers, distributors, medical professionals, and pharmacists are responsible for protecting patients from the serious repercussions of unsafe medications. This is particularly true if the individual is on several different medications that could interact in a negative way when combined.