Pfizer, the American multinational pharmaceutical conglomerate, and the maker of many popular drugs such as Lipitor and Viagra, seems to be having a tough time lately.
Following a recall last month of contraceptive medications due to improper packaging that had the potential to lead to unwanted pregnancies, Pfizer is now undergoing yet another retraction – this time for expired drugs.
According to a recent report by MSNBC, the corporation is recalling its Prevnar pneumonia vaccine because it was filled with expired material. The vaccination is intended to prevent meningitis, pneumonia, and and other diseases caused by pneumococcus bacteria, and was recently approved for use in adults 50 and older.
Pneumonia is an inflammatory infection of the lungs. Typical symptoms include cough, chest-pain, fever, and difficulty breathing. Although pneumonia was considered all but a death sentence in the 19th century, modern medicine including antibiotic therapy and vaccines have led to an enormous increase in the survival rate of people infected with pneumonia. In fact, he FDA has said about 300,000 older adults in the United States are hospitalized each year for pneumonia. But the drugs may not work if they’re past their expiration date.
Pfizer is the world’s largest drugmaker, and this vaccine is poised to become one of Pfizer’s biggest brands, reported MSNBC. Although no injuries have yet been reported as a result of the mistake, if an individual is harmed by the failure of the vaccine to work properly – or by unconfirmed side-effects caused by expired medication – Pfizer may be made to answer to an Illinois products liability lawsuit.
In cases in which Illinois product liability lawsuits arise, the claims most commonly asserted are negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, and various other consumer protection claims. This particular situation involves strict liability. Under strict liability, the manufacturer of the product is liable for injuries caused if the product harms consumers, even if the manufacturer was not directly negligent in making that product defective.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers represent victims across Illinois in matters against companies that have sold or manufactured unsafe products to consumers. In fact, our attorneys brought a case against Orion Research Inc. and Baxter Health Care Corporation for a flawed test for the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. The failures of the test led a set of parents to have a second cystic child. While recovering a substantial settlement for the family, the firm and the family were more concerned with the discontinuation of the test. As a result of our efforts, the test was eliminated.
If you’ve had an incident in which a pharmaceutical product caused an injury, or are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.