Dangerous Drugs and Compounding Pharmacies

Most people have never heard of them. They’re called compounding pharmacies. Unlike the large chain drug stores (or the corner drug store), they manufacture small amounts of rare or infrequently used drugs not otherwise available from major drug companies.

The problem is that compounding pharmacies operate in a gray area far less regulated than traditional drug companies. This means compounding pharmacies are not subject to regulation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and do not have to comply with the very strict statutes and regulations governing the development, formulation and testing of prescription drugs.

This lack of oversight can have disastrous consequences, as exemplified by a case recently concluded by our lawyers and a recent outbreak of fungal meningitis and other fungal infections that sickened over 700 people and killed 48 of them. This outbreak was linked to New England Compounding Center (NECC), which went bankrupt. Our lawyers are helping many of the people sickened in this outbreak get some money from the bankruptcy and also to sue the clinics where the deadly NECC drug was administered.

10 Times the Dose

An elderly woman died a horrible death within twenty-fours after ingesting a medication produced by a compounding pharmacy. Her death was caused by a compounding error: the drug she received was eight to ten times stronger than the prescription called for. The overly strong medication was the result of a simple weighing and labeling error that would have easily been prevented/detected if rudimentary quality control measures were followed.

The woman was survived by her husband of almost sixty years, two adult daughters in their fifties, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The compounding pharmacy error settlement, subject to a confidentiality requirement, was among the largest of its kind for a claim of this sort.

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Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are our lead lawyers for these cases. They have won millions for their clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. They have been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lawyers USA and other publications. We are in U.S. World and News Report’s publication The Best Law Firms in America.