What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug recalls have become far too common in the United States, with more than 100 drug recalls occurring from 2016 to 2017. Each of these drugs removed from the market could have caused hundreds or thousands of patients to experience severe side effects such as congenital disabilities, potentially fatal blood-clotting problems, strokes, heart attacks, or death.

In Florida, many calls to poison control center now involve common side effects of medicine. Each year in the United States, more than 1 million individuals are seen in hospital emergency departments for adverse drug events. The use of a recalled medication, depending on the recalled reason, may result in physical harm. Please check FDA's recalls, market withdrawals & safety alerts page before you start taking medication. Unsafe medication can cause:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Paralysis
  • Coma and death

According to drugwatch.com, even though prescription drugs are supposed to undergo stringent testing and clinical trials, federal drug regulators allow a level of side effects. Most side effects vary from person to person, depending on the dosage, the patient’s disease, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and overall health.

Many of the individuals hurt by the use of dangerous prescription drugs have initiated product liability suits against various pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies being some of the largest companies in the world have many attorneys working on their side along with aggressive techniques to protect their profits and products. You will need an experienced and resourceful personal injury lawyer who understands the problems with your medicinal regimen, determines the strength of your case, and defines potentially liable parties. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary has represented clients injured by medication throughout the state of Florida.

Side effects can also be caused by

  • Wrong dosage
  • Wrong medicine
  • Expired medicine
  • Failure to recognize contraindication errors
  • Failure to monitor medication use

It may be unclear whether a medication injury is a medical malpractice or pharmacy malpractice. Certain acts are covered under the Florida Medical Malpractice Act (FMMA) while others are covered by the Florida Pharmacy Act (FPA) and other laws. The answer mostly turns on the term “dispense.” “Dispensing” of medicine in a harmful manner (transferring possession of one or more doses of a medicinal drug by a pharmacist to the ultimate consumer) is covered under the FPA and not covered by the FMMA.

To learn whether you have a valid claim for damages after being injured by a prescription drug in Florida, call the Miami area law firm of personal injury attorney Sean M. Cleary. Legal time restrictions limit the time in which you can file your claim. Call today 305.416.9805 to protect your right to a recovery before legal deadlines expire.

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