What Injuries Can Defective Medication Lead To?
Both prescription drugs and over the counter medication can cause serious side-effects, which are often irreversible. There are multiple reasons why people sustain injuries after taking certain medications, such as the failure of the manufacturer to provide a warning on the label or the medication interacting with other drugs taken simultaneously by the person. It is worthy to note that the FDA approval does not necessarily mean that a drug is safe for use, as everyone is unique and may experience a different effect of the medication they take.
Unfortunately, pharmaceutical manufacturers can cheat the tests conducted to determine whether a drug is safe by:
- Observing the adverse effects for a shorter amount of time than they should
- Covering up negative result information from the FDA
- Studying only a small group of patients who take the drug, as opposed to a larger demographic
The side-effects a drug can have highly depend on the medication in question. For instance, a connection between some diabetes drugs and health issues such as heart attacks and heart failure was found. Two brands of defective diabetes medication are Actos and Avandia.
Antidepressants are another group of medication which can lead to severe adverse effects in some patients, such as suicide, birth defects and withdrawal symptoms after ceasing the treatment. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) were found to be problematic in this respect. A few brands of antidepressants which were the subject of recall are Prozac, Zoloft and Lexapro.
Taken to prevent unwanted pregnancy, birth control medication can also have serious side-effects, including blood clots, stoke and even death. Other health conditions birth control pills may lead to are pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis.
Blood thinners used in heart disease are another drug category which can cause terrible side-effects in patients who regularly take them. For example, Pradaxa may result in life-threatening complications such as liver failure, heart attack and excessive bleeding.
Regardless of the health issue a drug is designed to treat, it still implies a series of side-effects which can range in severity. Because pharmaceutical companies fail to conduct appropriate testing before releasing medication on the market, as well as to provide a warning label concerning the interaction of the drug with other medication, numerous people end up struggling with terrible health complications. However, medical professionals may also be at fault, since they may disregard the effect certain drug combinations can have on the patient.
If you came to suffer from awful side-effects following taking a drug, we strongly advise you to reach out to our law firm and we will thoroughly review your case. By taking legal action, not only will you recover financial compensation, but the negligent party will also be held liable for their careless actions.