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Prescription Drug Side Affects Cases Continue to Plague North Carolina


Prescription drug side effects continue to affect millions of Americans every year. In 2005, there were more than 1.4 million emergency room visits associated with drug misuse, abuse or side affects. Actor Heath Ledger’s death and several other celebrity cases have made this problem even more sensational than other issues that the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry face. North Carolina, accounts for roughly 10% of the United States’ prescription drugs sold here and shares in this adverse trend.
Laws related to the litigation on prescription drugs side affects is undergoing some serious changes in the recent months. Earlier in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the invitation of pharmaceutical companies - and the Bush administration - to prohibit drug injury lawsuits from being filed by patients who have suffered serious side effects caused by unsafe prescription drugs. This law continues to get challenged and is expected to change significantly in the coming months.

David Vtipil, co-founder of leading North Carolina Prescription drugs and Personal Injury Lawyer at, says
“Prescription drug side-affects related laws are already. It is hard to say whether the law should make it easy or difficult for consumers to sue drug manufacturers. However, more often than not, we find that the problem, often is not with the manufacturer, it could be with the physician that wrote the prescription or other parties involved in the drug’s supply chain. It is important to identify liability clearly in drug-related litigation. Too many cases are classified under class-action lawsuits too quickly whereas they actually deserve a closer look and individual attention”.

If you or a family member consumes prescription drugs regularly or is affected by side affects from a prescription drug, consult with an attorney that specializes in this area and has the experience to clearly look into your case and quickly get to the bottom of it, with a detailed understanding of current law governing your case. Most such lawyers get paid only if you get a settlement and hence it usually represents almost no risk to the consumer. Is a good place to start.


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