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Defective Over-the-Counter Drugs

Many people think that over-the-counter (OTC) medication is safer than prescription drugs. On one level, they are correct: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "OTC drugs are drugs that have been found to be safe and appropriate for use without the supervision of a health care professional." Yet, just because they have been found by the FDA to be relatively safe does not mean that OTC drugs are defect-free. In fact, thousands of people are injured every year by defective over-the-counter drugs.

The people who are injured or killed by dangerous OTC drugs have no control over the adverse reactions they experience. If a drug has been carelessly manufactured, inadequately tested or incorrectly packaged or if the warning labels do not do enough to inform and protect consumers, the manufacturer should be held accountable.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous or defective over-the-counter drug, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced defective drug attorney to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.