Drug-toxic chemicals law also called toxic tort is a kind of law which offers protection against illness or injury caused due to exposure to a drug or chemical that is otherwise claimed to be safe. These chemicals can come under various categories such as pharmaceuticals, consumer products and environment including our neighborhood, office and home.
Most cases of toxic chemicals are from pharmaceutical products. And most of these cases occur in mass, because these drugs are manufactured in batches and consumed by a large number of people immediately upon distribution. There are number of laws in the USA to protect the consumer against drug toxicity. Some of the most important ones are listed below.
The CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) is responsible for regulating the retail drug market in the USA. As part of this law, the manufacturers have to first obtain a clean chit before scaling up their production.
Federal food, drug and cosmetic act: Compiled in 2004 and amended in 2005 and 2006 this act publishes the entire code of manufacture and dispensing rules for every drug in the market. Plaintiffs of drug toxicity cases can refer to this code for research and fight for justice.
FDAAA (Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act): This is a relatively new legislation that represents the prescription drug and medical device users. It was enacted in 2007 and is a guideline for those affected from use of any prescription drugs or medical devices.
PDMA (Prescription Drug Marketing Act): Enacted in 1988, this was passed to address certain marketing practices that involved circular of physician samples in the grey market leading to a multi-million dollar scam involving hospitals and health care companies. By this system, a number of mislabeled, adulterated, expired and sub-potent drugs are known to enter the national drug distribution system, causing great concern to people consuming them.