For thirty years, the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock have represented clients in personal injury cases caused by dangerous and defective pharmaceutical drugs throughout the United States, with an emphasis on cases in Northern California and the Bay Area. Robert G. Schock's experience and years of success in both medical malpractice and products liability claims allow him to thoroughly analyze and understand the issues, which are unique to defective drug cases.
Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, like any product manufacturers, have a duty to ensure that their drugs are not unreasonably dangerous or defective when released into the marketplace. This includes adequate testing to ensure that a drug does not have any undisclosed or dangerous side effects which may cause injury or wrongful death, proper labeling and instructions for use, and following the guidelines and regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Despite required testing and clinical trials, many drugs cause serious side effects that were unknown at the time the FDA approved them for use by consumers. This may be because some side effects were not revealed during clinical trials because they are uncommon in most users or because they are only seen over long periods of time. It may also be due to the manufacturer manipulating clinical data to minimize or conceal known side effects. However, as with most cases involving defective products, the manufacturer need not have been negligent or at fault to be held strictly liable for the injuries caused by a dangerous or destructive drug.