It seems that every week or so, news breaks that another prescription medication or medical device is more dangerous than the Food and Drug Administration originally believed it to be. This is a frustrating reality, but it is also only so preventable. Sometimes, manufacturers understand the hazards that their drugs and devices may cause as these innovations work their way through research, development and approval process. However, some hazards are only made known when drugs and devices are disseminated to a large segment of the population.
However, it is important to understand that manufacturers may be held responsible for harm caused by defective or otherwise dangerous medications and medical devices under a variety of circumstances. This tends to be an especially relevant statement when manufacturers either ignored hazards or failed to warn the public about them. In these cases, the effects of such medications and devices may not appear for years but the need to hold manufacturers accountable for resulting harm remains pressing.