The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is a governmental agency that operates within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency works to protect public health by regulating what drugs and medical devices are allowed to enter the market and by monitoring safety concerns with products that are currently in use by medical professionals.
Before drugs and medical devices are allowed to go to market, they must gain FDA approval. This approval is granted if the public benefit of the product is shown to outweigh the known risks that the product poses. If the FDA deems a product is safe, it will approve the product for a specific indication. This tells physicians and other health care providers what types of testing the product has gone through and what specific uses it is approved for.
Once a drug or device enters the market, the FDA monitors its safety through a program known as MedWatch. This program allows consumers and health care providers to report adverse side effects that are linked with the use of a specific product. If the FDA recognizes a pattern of adverse reports from one product, it can respond by issuing warnings to the public, changing the products approved indications, or taking the product off of the market altogether.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a product that has been the subject of an FDA warning, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Some products that have been the subject of such warnings include:
- IVC Filters
- Transvaginal Mesh Products
- Power Morcellators
- Yaz / Yasmin
- And many other drugs and medical devices
Give us a call so we can strike back against the drug and device manufacturers who have caused you unnecessary pain and suffering.
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