Defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices injure thousands of Americans each year. A common misconception among the public is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually conducts testing on pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices to ensure that they are safe before being sold to the public. This is not the case. The FDA relies on the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices to provide FDA with accurate, unbiased information about the product, including known harmful side effects of the product. If a drug or device manufacturer learns about a potential serious side effect associated with its product, the manufacturer has a duty to notify the FDA and physicians who prescribe the product to patients. If the manufacturer does not provide the proper notifications and patients are injured by the product, the harmed patient may have a right to seek damages from the product manufacturer. The drug and device attorneys at Franklin D. Azar and Associates have helped thousands of Americans who have been harmed by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Call us today for a free consultation if you believe you have been injured by a defective drug or medical device.