Pharmaceutical Negligence and Florida Law

An improperly filled prescription can lead to a pharmaceutical negligence case. If a patient is injured or dies because of improperly prescribed medication, they or their family members may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit. Over one million people in the United States are injured each year due to medication errors. Some of these accidents are due to mistakes made by drug manufacturers. If they don’t test their trial drugs properly, they may be unaware of dangerous side effects and unknowingly put consumers at risk. Because even the drug manufacturers are not completely clear about all possible effects of their own products, and because there is great variability in individuals’ reactions to any drug, there is always some risk in taking any medication.

An FDA study conducted in the 1990s found that improper dosage was most often involved in fatal accidents. In other words, overdosing was the main cause. Some times this simple, but potentially fatal error takes place because a pharmacist can’t read a doctor’s hurried handwriting. Other times, pharmacists make typographical errors while entering dosage information on computer keyboards to print medication labels. The system is fraught with opportunities for simple, but dangerous, mistakes.

Complicating matters is the fact that in Florida, a person can be found guilty of a felony for unknowingly possessing or transporting drugs. Thus, if a pharmacist gave a patient the wrong drug, and the patient was caught by legal authorities, they could face criminal charges. Having a competent Florida pharmaceutical negligence attorney can be very helpful in such complex situations.

Robert Joyce is a Tampa pill mill attorney at Joyce & Reyes Law Firm. To learn more to contact a personal injury lawyer visit or call 1.888.771.1529.

FDA Cracks Down on Oxycodone

In an effort to battle the epidemic of prescription drug abuse across the nation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an investigation of companies that sell painkillers that have not been approved by the agency, including versions of oxycodone.

The FDA will begin an enforcement effort against companies that sell different versions of oxycodone that have not been subjected to review by the agency.

Oxycodone is a painkiller that is sold legally by companies such as Purdue Pharma, which markets the name brand pill OxyContin. These drugs are reviewed by the FDA and tested for effectiveness and safety. However, oxycodone is widely abused, and has the potential for addiction and death when misused.

For years, companies have sold pills similar to oxycodone, which have not been reviewed by the FDA.

Now the FDA has published a notice in the Federal Register, stating that companies selling versions of oxycodone that have not been approved have 45 days to cease operations. Companies out of compliance after that time face court proceedings and seizure of their product.

Opioid painkillers like oxycodone are some of the most-abused drugs in the United States, with Florida being the epicenter of the current crisis. At one time, Florida “pill mills” were said to be supplying 85% of the nation’s oxycodone. The state has set up a prescription drug tracking database to combat abuse.

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NHTSA Will Investigate Jeep Fires

In a major development for auto safety, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will examine more closely more than 5 million SUVs manufactured by Chrysler, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Liberty models. The investigation comes after about two dozen reported fires caused by rear-impact collisions.

The NHTSA said that a preliminary investigation had been upgraded to an engineering analysis. The problem is fuel tanks located behind the rear axle, which may have played a role in 46 injuries and 15 deaths, according to the agency.

It is possible that such an investigation may lead to a recall. Depending on how many of the 5.1 million vehicles are still operating, a recall would rank among the 10 largest the U.S. has ever seen. The Toyota recall of 2009 and 2010 models, due to claims of unintended acceleration, involved 10 million cars.

A consumer advocacy group, the Center for Auto Safety, has asked Chrysler to better protect the cars’ fuel tanks. In a letter to Chrysler, the group called Jeeps “a modern-day Pinto for soccer moms.” In the late 1970s, Ford recalled about 1.5 million Pintos due to the danger of fires caused by rear-end collisions.

The investigation into Chrysler vehicles was first opened by the NHTSA in 2010 and covers models manufactured from the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s. In 2005, Chrysler redesigned the vehicles so that the fuel tank is no longer located behind the rear axle.

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