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Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyers

In 1906, the U.S. government created the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Since that time, Americans have come to believe they should trust the pharmaceutical products prescribed by their physicians. Most people believe any drug available in a pharmacy was stringently tested and found to be safe for human consumption. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Somewhere along the line, pharmaceutical and medical device companies – driven by profits and the public’s ever-increasing need for new medicines – began pushing harder than ever for fast-track drug approvals from the Food and Drug Administration -FDA. Indeed, in 2000, Congress passed the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, which opened the floodgates for the FDA to approve drugs on an accelerated basis. This was great for the pharmaceutical companies –not necessarily great for consumers.

This fast-track, low-quality approach has allowed pharmaceutical companies to enjoy some of the largest profits in the world. Meanwhile, those who use poor pharmaceutical products and dangerous prescription drugs are suffering serious side effects and sometimes dying at greater rates than ever. Their voice needs to be heard, and that’s where Harris Davis Morrison Jones law firm comes into play.

Harrison Davis: a Law Firm with Experienced Trial Attorneys and Dedicated Resources, Fighting for You

The Harrison Davis trial attorneys have a national reputation, a highly-skilled team of legal professionals, and the financial resources necessary to bring the big pharmaceutical companies to justice. Throughout the United States, we have successfully handled numerous large-scale pharmaceutical litigation cases — where a dangerous drug has caused serious injuries, disability, or the loss of a loved one.

We understand how important it is for you to feel protected during your case. Our reputation as experienced trial attorneys and dedicated resources in the pursuit of justice on behalf of our clients is what makes us stand out from other firms. As a team of experienced and knowledgeable pharmaceutical lawyers, we strive to bring the highest quality representation and service to our clients. Our strategy is to build a strong legal foundation with numerous layers of protection that can be used at any stage of litigation in gaining the best possible outcome for your case. When representing you in court, we will fearlessly pursue your rights with respect, morals and integrity while maintaining aggressive advocacy on your behalf.

In fact, in light of the large number of pharmaceutical and medical device cases we handle, our firm staffs a full-time legal nurse consultant who works closely with our clients and attorneys to prepare the cases.

Our Current Pharmaceutical Cases

The trial attorneys at Harrison Davis handle all types of pharmaceutical litigation. In fact, we are currently investigating or pursuing claims involving:

  • Actos ®
  • Axiron and other low testosterone drugs
  • Zofran®
  • Valsartan®

Our trial lawyers have years of experience in medical litigation. They understand the technological advances needed to investigate and handle large cases involving a dangerous or defective drug and other medical devices.

Our trial attorneys work together to provide effective legal representation for your case. The firm leverages its team of seasoned trial attorneys and dedicated staff to handle intricate cases for clients in need, applying the highest ethical standards in the practice of law. From preparing a case for settlement negotiations, to helping craft an agreement between parties, Harrison Davis allows clients to have peace of mind knowing every effort will be made when fighting out legal conflicts. Clients can expect prompt responses and a due diligence approach as they partner with Harrison Davis to ensure they get the best legal services possible.

We are a top-tier pharmaceutical litigation firm, with expert attorneys to guide clients through whatever legal challenge they may face. Our commitment to excellence has established us as a trusted leader in this field. By taking charge of our clients’ cases and thoroughly evaluating all legal options available, we help those affected by pharmaceutical negligence navigate complex matters of civil law. We are dedicated to client satisfaction, offering the unmatched guidance necessary for achieving successful outcomes.

Below are just a few of the medical/pharmaceutical cases that Harrison Davis trial attorneys have been involved in:

Methadone Deaths

Methadone misinformation, physician errors and pharmacy negligence have caused Methadone deaths nationwide. Harrison Davis Trial Lawyers represent families of Methadone victims from California to Maine, and had the first Methadone litigation team in the country.

Experienced National Methadone Litigation Attorneys

The law firm of Harrison Davis has filed suit against both manufacturers of Methadone. We have traveled to all corners of the country to fight for our clients.

Some of our clients are founding members of Methadone organizations such as We are committed to aggressively pursuing those who have caused Methadone deaths throughout the United States. Our staff includes a legal assistant who was a licensed nurse, and helps in review medical records as well as a licensed private investigator who assists in researching drug manufacturers, pharmacies and other health care providers involved in our cases.


Paxil is an antidepressant drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo or GSK). Paxil is used to treat anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. This drug has been scientifically linked to these unfortunate injuries in newborns.

Experienced Texas Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorney

Harrison Davis Trial Lawyers are dedicated to assisting injured victims and their families in pharmaceutical litigation, including injuries or wrongful death resulting from Paxil, especially pregnant woman who used this dangerous drug and had a child born with a defective heart or lung damage, or a child who died shortly after birth.

Paxil may cause newborn babies to suffer seizures, which may be deadly to the infant. The likelihood of this type of seizure may increase for infants whose mothers took Paxil during the last trimester of their pregnancy.

If you took Paxil during your pregnancy and you lost a child, or your baby was born unhealthy, you should consult an experienced Paxil lawsuit attorney.


Trasylol ® is a drug used to reduce blood loss and the need for blood transfusions in patients undergoing heart bypass and related surgeries. Studies have linked Trasylol ® to an increased risk of serious kidney damage, heart attacks, and strokes. The FDA issued an alert based on studies performed on Trasylol ® which showed an increased risk for these injuries.

Experienced Texas Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyer

Whether you are seeking to bring a claim from serious liver damage or other injuries from Trasylol ® or a lawsuit for wrongful death, we have the resources and experience to provide you with aggressive representation designed to get results. In order to assist you and keep open the lines of communication with you, Harrison Davis staffs a legal nurse consultant who will work with you and our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys to prepare the cases.


Vioxx is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug used in the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis, acute adult pain, and other disorders. This drug has been associated with an increased risk of serious side effects such as strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular problems.

Vioxx was pulled off the shelves by Merck, its maker, on September 30, 2004. Since that time, there have been numerous lawsuits filed across the country.

We reviewed approximately 700 cases and are honored that so many sought our advice. We are proud of our efforts on behalf of our clients and gratified by the potential financial recoveries and personal satisfaction we believe we have achieved for them. Of course, not every case is successful and past successes do not guarantee the outcome in future cases. The results in each case are dependent on the facts in each circumstance.


Hydroxycut is a supplement that is advertised to aid weight loss, increase energy and enhance metabolism. Unfortunately, Hydroxycut has been linked to liver damage and other health problems. If you have taken Hydroxycut and have suffered from liver damage or liver failure contact

On May 1, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut, manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences, Inc., of Oakville, Ontario and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, New York. Iovate has agreed to recall Hydroxycut from the market.

Hydroxycut Can Cause Serious Health Issues

The FDA has already received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. There has been one death due to liver failure caused by Hydroxycut has been reported by the FDA. Other health issues include seizures, cardiovascular disorders, and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

Symptoms of liver injury include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching and loss of appetite.

Product Alert

If you have taken any of the following products and has suffered liver damage, seizures, cardiovascular disorders or rhabdomyolysis, call today:

     • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
     • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
     • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
     • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
     • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
     • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
     • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
     • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
     • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
     • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
     • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
     • Hydroxycut 24
     • Hydroxycut Carb Control
     • Hydroxycut Natural


Byetta® is a drug taken by diabetic patients that has been linked to severe pancreatic problems.  In October 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)issued a public health alert after receiving reports that as many as 30 patients had developed significant pancreatic problems after using Byetta®. These problems included acute pancreatitis, which if not treated could be fatal. However, even if caught and treated, the patient could face life-long medical treatment. FDA Focuses on Byetta® Deaths Recently, the FDA reported six additional cases of patients who took Byetta®and suffered hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis. Of the six new cases, two patients died. We have asserted on behalf of our clients that the manufacturers’ warnings were deficient. The FDA is now working with the manufacturers of Byetta to strengthen the warnings on the label. Since the inception of the FDA, people like you have trusted that the pharmaceutical products that they purchase or that have been prescribed were stringently tested and been found safe for consumption. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case for the consumer ingesting some pharmaceutical drugs or the doctors prescribing them. Pharmaceutical Companies Motivated by Profits, not Safety Taking full advantage of the public’s need for new medicines and driven by profits, the pharmaceutical companies are pushing harder than ever before for quick FDA approval. The manufacturer of Byetta®had sales of over $600 million last year alone. Even though many people are suffering from serious injuries, the pharmaceutical companies now enjoy some of the largest profits in the world.


For a long time, women had been advised by the medical community that hormone therapy after menopause could reduce their chances of heart disease – and even keep certain effects of aging at bay.

It was all good news, until studies proved otherwise, linking combined estrogen-progestin drugs – like PremproTM, from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals – to an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, heart attack, blood clots in legs and lungs, and ovarian and endometrial cancer.

As a result, many medical organizations have issued warnings urging women to avoid using combined estrogen-progestin drugs, or to use them in the lowest possible doses for the shortest possible time.

After some early false starts, litigation involving Prempro is now gaining steam, and Harrison Davis Trial Lawyers have represented women who have taken the drug and suffered devastating consequences. Our work has given us insight and experience into these troubling cases – and put us in position to help.

What to do if you’re injured by a pharmaceutical product?

If you are injured by a pharmaceutical product, the first and most important step is to seek medical treatment. Even if the injury does not seem severe, it’s important that a professional assesses and documents the problem in case it turns out to be more dangerous than initially thought. After receiving medical attention, you should contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases, who can advise you on your legal rights and advise you on how best to proceed. You will need to provide evidence of the harm caused by the pharmaceutical drugs as well as information to back up your claim that it caused your injury. A lawyer can help you gather this evidence so that you have the strongest possible case when making your claim for compensation.

How to find the right pharmaceutical lawyer for your case?

When it comes to finding the right pharmaceutical lawyer for your case, it is important to thoroughly research and compare all of the options available. Start by asking for referrals from family, friends, or colleagues who may have had experience with this type of attorney in the past. Once you have a shortlist of potential attorneys, take time to review their websites and read any available testimonials from previous clients. This will help you gain a better understanding of the lawyers’ background and experience. Additionally, set up an initial consultation with each of them so that you can better understand if they are well-versed in pharmaceutical law, how they approach cases like yours, and how comfortable you are with their overall communication style. Taking the time to do your due diligence in researching different attorneys will pay off dividends in ensuring that you hire the best possible professional to handle your case.

Steps Involved in a pharmaceutical Lawsuit

Filing a pharmaceutical lawsuit is a complex process that should not be undertaken without knowledge of the law and the steps involved. The first step in such an action is to ensure that there is evidence sufficient to prove drug manufacturers were negligent in making, testing or marketing their prescription drugs. This may include researching scientific studies or medical records and speaking with experts, as well as collecting reports from associated government agencies. A person pursuing such action would then have to determine where to file their complaint, following jurisdictional guidelines and researching the applicable laws. Many times, this will involve filing a class-action suit along with other affected individuals. Once everything has been filed, litigation procedures will begin wherein both parties argue about existing evidence until finally reaching a settlement or trial verdict. Filing pharmaceutical lawsuits requires a great deal of preparation and determination but can be well worth the effort once justice has been served.

What to expect during the pharmaceutical litigation process?

The pharmaceutical litigation process can often be a confusing and lengthy process, but with the help of an experienced attorney, plaintiffs may feel more at ease. Pharmaceutical litigation is typically riddled with complexity, as it involves assessing medical evidence, a dangerous drug (in some cases), medical device, understanding the regulatory framework, and determining which pharmaceutical companies should be held liable for claims. A plaintiff’s attorney will work to identify any applicable laws in order to prove that the harm was caused by dangerous drugs or faulty medical devices. During this process both sides of the claim must present evidence such as medical records and expert witness testimony. Once the parties have presented their respective cases before a court of law, the court will issue a judgment on all proceedings. While there are no guaranteed outcomes when engaging in a pharmaceutical lawsuit, having legal counsel who understands the nuances of these proceedings can certainly make navigating this process easier and more successful. The process held the pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and other parties involved accountable for their actions.

How long will it take to resolve my case with a lawyer specializing in pharmaceutical litigation cases?

Working with a lawyer specializing in pharmaceutical litigation cases can be an invaluable resource when it comes to understanding the finer details of such complex lawsuits. Predicting how long it will take to resolve such a case is not as simple. Many variables must be taken into account before a definitive time frame can be established. Depending on the complexity of the lawsuit, the available evidence, and even court scheduling issues, the time needed for resolution can range from several months up to multiple years. However, a reliable lawyer should be able to provide you with their best estimate so you may plan accordingly for what could be a lengthy process.

The benefits of working with pharmaceutical litigation attorneys

Finding the right pharmaceutical litigation lawyer could make a huge difference in any legal proceedings whether you are initiating or defending a lawsuit. Experienced lawyers understand the complexities of a defective drug and product liability issue, allowing them to assess potential risks and provide the most accurate advice when it comes to preparation, strategy and expert testimony. They have extensive knowledge of laws and regulations regarding drugs, prescription, medication, medical devices and other healthcare products, as well as know how insurance companies may pay up for medical damages. Pharmaceutical litigation attorneys are also adept at discovering vital facts that may be difficult to obtain and then providing analysis, results and advice in an understandable form. Most importantly, they can often negotiate with opposing parties on your behalf in order to reach a fair settlement that protects you from costly damages.

Contact an Experienced Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyer

Harrison Davis has a team of attorneys having extensive experience in complex legal matters, providing clients with the very best in legal representation. Over the years, we have helped numerous individuals receive favorable resolution to their cases and achieve their desired results. We take the time to thoroughly understand each case, ensuring the most ethical, professional and effective litigation strategies are employed. Our commitment is to protect your rights and ensure you get justice and compensation for any damages or losses you incurred due to pharmaceutical negligence or malfeasance. If you’re looking for an experienced team of litigators you can trust, look no further than Harrison Davis.

Call the lawyers at Harrison Davis at 254-761-3300 (Waco area) or 409-753-0000 (Beaumont area) to arrange a consultation about your dangerous drug case. We serve clients in Texas and across the nation.


What is pharmaceutical litigation?

Pharmaceutical litigation refers to the process of holding pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers liable for harm caused by their products. This can include claims of defects in design or manufacture, failure to warn of known risks in a pharmaceutical drug, and other violations of consumer protection laws.

Pharmaceutical litigation is a complex and often hotly contested area of law. The stakes are high for both plaintiffs and defendants, and the outcome can have a significant impact on the future of drug development. The judgment of the court can turn the course of a pharmaceutical company.

What types of cases do pharmaceutical litigation lawyers handle?

Pharmaceutical litigation lawyers typically handle these types of cases: class action lawsuits, product liability lawsuits, and insurance bad faith lawsuits. Class action lawsuits are filed when a large group of people have been harmed by the same product or service. Product liability lawsuits are filed when someone is injured or killed by a defective product (poor medical device or pharmaceutical drugs). And insurance bad faith lawsuits are filed when an insurance company refuses to pay a legitimate claim in the medical bills.

How do pharmaceutical litigation lawyers help their clients?

Pharmaceutical litigation lawyers help their clients by assessing the case, building a strategy, and helping to gather the evidence needed to win.

Litigation lawyers are often involved early on in a case, before any evidence has been gathered. They work with their clients to assess the case and determine what needs to be done in order to win. They also work with investigators and experts to help build the strongest possible case.

They thoroughly investigate the dangerous drug or medical device to strongly back their case. In many cases, litigation lawyers play a critical role in helping their clients get the compensation they deserve.

What are some of the challenges faced by pharmaceutical litigation lawyers?

One of the challenges faced by pharmaceutical litigation lawyers is proving that a defendant’s drug caused the plaintiff’s injury. This can be difficult to do because there are many factors that can contribute to an individual’s health, and it can be tough to determine whether a particular drug played a role in causing an injury. A pharmaceutical and medical device need to be strongly investigated before making a statement in the court.

Another challenge faced by pharmaceutical litigation lawyers is keeping up with constantly changing laws and regulations. The pharmaceutical industry is rapidly evolving, and new drugs are being developed all the time. It’s important for lawyers to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in order to be effective advocates for their clients.

Finally, another challenge faced by pharmaceutical litigation lawyers is dealing with large corporations. Big companies have vast resources at their disposal.

How do pharmaceutical litigation lawyers stay up to date on the latest developments in the law?

Pharmaceutical litigation lawyers stay up to date on the latest developments in the law by attending conferences, reading journals, and networking with colleagues. Attending conferences is a great way to stay up to date on the latest developments in the law.

Most conferences will have panels of experts who will discuss recent court decisions, new legislation, and changes in case law. Reading journals is also an excellent way to stay up to date on the latest developments in the law. Many journals will publish articles written by legal experts who offer their insights into recent court decisions or new legislation. Networking with colleagues is another great way to stay up to date on the latest developments in the law

What are some of the ethical considerations for pharmaceutical litigation lawyers?

Pharmaceutical litigation lawyers deal with a wide range of ethical considerations, from the duty to their clients to the impact of their work on public health. Clients rely on their lawyers to provide zealous representation and give them honest advice. Lawyers must always act in the best interests of their clients, even if that means recommending a settlement rather than going to trial. They must also ensure that they are fully informed about their clients’ cases and keep them updated on any developments.

In addition, pharmaceutical litigation lawyers have a responsibility to uphold the public interest. They must not take actions that could put patients at risk or compromise the quality of the health care system (like claiming a dangerous drug better just because of their client’s interest). They must also be careful not to abuse their power or influence.

What are some of the risks associated with pharmaceutical litigation?

Pharmaceutical litigation can be risky for a few reasons. First, because these lawsuits typically allege that a drug caused serious harm, the companies defending against the claims have to demonstrate that their product was safe and effective when used as directed. This can be difficult to do, particularly if there is evidence that the drug caused harm.

Second, pharmaceutical litigation often takes place in front of a jury. Juries are not always knowledgeable about the complex science behind drugs and can sometimes award large damages even if a drug is determined to be safe and effective. Finally, these cases can be expensive to litigate and can take years to resolve. This means that companies may have to spend significant amounts of money on legal fees.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for this type of case and how will you be charged (e.g., by the hour, contingency basis)?

When it comes to hiring a lawyer for a legal case, the cost can vary depending on the type of case, your region and the individual lawyer or law firm that you hire. Generally, lawyers charge an hourly rate, which will range from $150 to more than $400 per hour for more experienced attorneys. An alternative option is contingency fees. This means that you are charged a certain percentage of your award should you win the case. A lawyer may also be willing to provide ongoing counsel or services on a retainer basis; this requires paying them a lump sum and then additional payments as needed during the course of your case. It is important to discuss and understand all payment options with your prospective attorney before making any commitments.


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