As the cost of prescription drugs increases, individuals have sought less expensive alternatives with lower price points. However, not all medications produced by every drug manufacturer are created equal. Government regulators are increasingly identifying hidden dangers in prescription drugs manufactured overseas.
Today, roughly 90% of prescription drugs in the United States are generic. The vast majority of those drugs are manufactured overseas, mostly in China and India. It can be both costly and tedious for foreign manufacturers to adhere to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. With such a high level of complexity and expense, this may tempt some manufacturers to usurp the guidelines to save time and money.
While FDA inspectors can randomly show up to domestic manufacturing plants unannounced, those operating overseas often have weeks or even months to prepare for a visit. Thus, they can make sure that their plants appear to be compliant at the time the inspectors arrive.
A lot of issues can potentially fall through the cracks at international manufacturing plants. There may be issues of using contaminated water. Manufacturers may secretly pretest data, and they may alter or forge results. The manufacturer may be using more than one lab (with one of them secretly being used). The software may be purposely allowed to crash so that manufacturers avoid having to explain corrupted data. Undesired data results may get purged. If all else fails, investigators may be held hostage.
Countless patients suffer unexpected results after taking prescription drugs in the U.S. every year. Some of these patients’ declines in health may be attributable to drug interaction, a doctor giving them a too low or too high a dosage of the medication or other explainable factors. Poor manufacturing habits abroad may be to blame for many of patient health declines, though.
You might qualify for financial compensation if you suffered adverse effects after taking a contaminated prescription medication. An attorney can evaluate your Baton Rouge case to determine if the manufacturer’s failure to uphold high safety standards resulted in your health decline. If your Louisiana lawyer determines that was the case, then they can file suit against the manufacturer to recover compensation for what you’ve gone through.