Defective Drugs and Devices

There are a lot of medical devices and medicines on the market today. Typically, if your doctor recommends you use it, you do.
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Although doctors are usually right, in some cases, they may be suggesting you use a medical remedy that is not doing everything it is supposed to do.

Even before the U.S. government passed official legislation in 1906 establishing what would become the Food and Drug Administration, people recognized the need for regulation of chemicals and devices designed to cure or prevent whatever ails us.

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Without regulations, anyone could say anything regarding a drug or device without concern for ramifications. Examples of this are far too prevalent. According to the FDA, in the 1800s, thousands of ”medicines” went unproven, their claims unsubstantiated. The mantra of the era was ”buyer beware.”

Over the years, the FDA has evolved in response to greater need for government oversight. The regulations that exist today are designed to protect the public from irresponsible pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as companies developing defective or unproven medical devices, technology, and equipment.

Medical Devices

The term ”medical device” actually encompasses a broad range of items, far more extensive than you might realize. Some obvious examples include pacemakers, X-ray machines, implants, and ultrasound products. Other more basic examples include tongue depressors, bedpans, and thermometers. In fact, according to the FDA, the term basically refers to anything that is nonchemical and designed to assist in the diagnosis of disease or other medical condition, or that condition’s cure, treatment or prevention.


The FDA defines the term ”drug” as articles:

  • Recognized in the official United States Pharmacopoeia, Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, or National Formulary
  • Intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease
  • Intended to affect the structure or any function of the body (other than food)
  • Intended for use as a component of any articles specified above

Choosing an Attorney Who Is Right for You

Unfortunately, defective medical devices or drugs can have a significant negative impact on your life or the lives of your loved ones.

You may have been wondering if you qualify for monetary compensation due to a surgical procedure that turned out badly. Have you been suffering from pain, weakness, or other complications? Are you feeling discouraged because you haven’t been able to return to work or resume your previous level of daily activity? If so, we may be able to help.

Finding an attorney who is just right for you may seem overwhelming. So many options are available.

However, we believe that our firm stands out among others and that our attorneys can best represent you. In fact, Weitz & Luxenberg is one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country. Our attorneys represent tens of thousands of individuals with proven results in handling complicated medical lawsuits successfully.

In considering your options, be sure to ask the kinds of questions that will serve your needs best, those regarding the firm’s prior experience and philosophy when working with clients. Also, be assured that if you choose Weitz & Luxenberg, we will fight with you and for you every step of the way.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at (855) 274-5624. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

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