Once again, concern has risen for Florida, as well as national consumers of generic drugs. The Food and Drug Administration has cited lapses in one of the biggest drug companies that produce medication for diabetics as well as contamination of and drug cross contamination that resulted from inadequate cleaning of manufacturing equipment. It is reported that nationally, pharmacies have filled over 94 million prescriptions with this manufacturer’s medicines (including Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Weston and other Broward County pharmacies). The generic drug manufacturer’s name is Apotex. The concern for Florida drug consumers is that more and more are turning to generic prescription drugs to save money in this economy.
The Food and Drug Administration has previously warned Apotex that taken together, the violations “demonstrate a lack of adequate process controls and raise serious questions regarding your corporation’s quality and production systems… . This warning letter is being issued because of serious and repeat violations from the 2008 and 2009 inspections and because your response,… is inadequate and lacks sufficient corrective actions.”
Unfortunately, there are untold drug related illnesses, hospitalizations and even deaths that are not properly documented nor properly overseen by the FDA or Florida health related agencies to protect consumers in the State of Florida and nationally. All too often, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Weston and other Broward County consumers are suffering from the ill effects from medications prescribed by physicians, and yet may not even be aware that their symptoms are related.
It is unfortunate that the consumer may pay the ultimate price for lack of sufficient safeguards in the industry. Fortunately, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Weston and other Broward County consumers have a justice system that allows victims to seek redress if someone is injured as a result of a manufacturer’s neglect. Personal injury products liability actions are often responsible for a great deal of the policing, and corrections in this and many industries that can severely impact our safety. This fact stands as a most profound testament to our Florida system of justice – the strongest tool against corporate indifference, is the strength of our jury system.
If you believe that you or someone you care for has been seriously injured because of a problem prescription drug, feel free to contact the Weston Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at Schulman Law Group to obtain more information, investigation, and possibly bring a products liability action on your behalf.