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EpiPens are auto-injector medical devices that administer a dose of epinephrine to control the serious and sometimes life-threatening symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis. When individuals with serious allergies are exposed to allergens from food, medications, latex, or other sources, EpiPens can be life-saving devices – provided that they work as intended. Unfortunately, as recent warnings from the FDA have revealed, potential defects may prevent EpiPens from working when they are needed most.
At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, our Cleveland-based personal injury lawyers are currently accepting cases from victims nationwide who believe they were harmed as a result of potentially faulty EpiPens, as well as families who believe their loved one’s death resulted from a defective EpiPen. According to a recent FDA warning letter, the EpiPen may have dangerous defects that prevent the auto-injector device from firing and administering epinephrine during anaphylaxis – which has resulted in numerous reports of consumers suffering serious illness and death.
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Dangerous Defects with EpiPen Auto-Injectors
According to an FDA warning letter released in September 2017, Meridian Medical Technologies failed to adequately investigate reports of malfunctioning EpiPens – including reports in which potentially defective EpiPens resulted in consumers suffering serious illnesses and death. The warning letter details serious violations of safe manufacturing practices.
Following an FDA investigation during which Meridian employees admitted that they did not disassemble and investigate the majority of potentially faulty EpiPens sent back to the company by consumers, Mylan issued a recall of 13 lots of its EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injector distributed between December 2015 and July 2016. You can learn more about the EpiPen recall here.
Do I Have a Case?
Victims harmed as a result of product manufacturers who fail to ensure the safety of their products and who fail to warn consumers about potential concerns can be held civilly liable for their negligence and the damages suffered by victims, including any medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income, among other damages.
In order to have a potential claim for compensation under product liability laws, you or a loved one must have suffered damages as a result of a malfunctioning EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. that failed to fire and administer a dose of epinephrine during an allergic reaction. As reported by the FDA, potentially faulty units of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. auto-injector have already been linked to numerous cases of injury, illness, and death.
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Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP has been protecting the rights of victims and families harmed as a result of negligence since 1946 – including clients nationwide who have been injured or who have lost loved ones due to unsafe products and defective medical devices. Over the years, our legal team has leveraged extensive experience and resources to help these victims fight back against the powerful companies and pharmaceutical corporations that place profits over people – and we are prepared to fight for you.
If you would like to discuss your situation and whether you may have grounds to pursue an EpiPen lawsuit, we encourage you to reach out to our caring, compassionate, and award-winning lawyers for a FREE consultation. Our legal team can help you learn more about your right to compensation, and what we can do to guide you along the legal journey ahead. Contact us to get started.