Supreme Court gives generic drugs pass on side effect warnings

In Tennessee and all over the United States, consumers expect that when they get medicine it will come with appropriate warning labels about the possible side effects they may experience. Consumers also expect that if this is not done properly that the courts will hold companies responsible for these mistakes. However, in some cases this does not happen. If you have suffered a side effect from a medicine that was improperly labeled, you should speak with a Tennessee defective product and dangerous drug lawyer as soon as possible. They will hear your case and work with you to see that you get the compensation you deserve.

In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies that produce generic drugs which amount to seventy-five percent of all drugs given out in America, cannot face a lawsuit under state laws for not disclosing all the risks they know about the drugs they produce. According to federal law, generic drug makers have to use the exact same warning labels as name brand medicine. Some state laws require updates or changes to be made when new information or risks are discovered. This court’s ruling did not seem to care about what the generic drug makers know. State laws have to follow federal laws and federal laws say they have to have same labels, new information or not.

This court’s ruling does not seem to make sense since these federal laws are in place to help make sure generic drug makers do not forget to mention the risks that are on the name brands of the same medicine. The laws are not intended to hide information from consumers. This decision seems to be a bad one considering that safety warnings on name brand drugs should be the same on generic drugs so that no one gets hurt. The only thing that should matter is disclosing known risks about drugs should appear on labels, online, and in communications with doctors to help protect consumers from harm.

We expect federal laws and courts to make the best decisions for the safety and well-being of the general public. However, in some cases all over the country and even Tennessee, this does not happen. If you or someone you care about has taken a generic drug that was improperly labeled about the side effects it has, you should contact one of our knowledgeable and compassionate Tennessee defective dangerous drug attorneys right away. We care about our clients and will work with you to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.

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