Pharmaceutical drugs that pose the risk of dangerous side effects tend to fall under the product liability category. But how does one know if the drug can really be seen as ‘dangerous’? Side effects can be unreasonably dangerous to certain degrees when a manufacturer, pharmacy, or even a doctor does not warn the patient of the side effects that may follow. Many drugs, however, are known to carry very serious risks. On another hand, many pharmaceutical drugs have been the subject of class-action lawsuits.
Worries can come with virtually any medications. Each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans will visit a doctor’s office or an emergency room because of the adverse prescription drug side effects. It is the same with all medications – those included are ones seen as “all natural” to those that are chemically produced in a laboratory. Side effects can come from all drugs, even ones that are supposed to undergo the most stringent of testing and clinical trials. The issue is that federal drug regulators allow a certain level of side effects and these effects will vary from person to person in specific ways. This can all depend on the patient’s age, dosage, and much more.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversee all new drug applications. They depend on clinical trials conducted by drug companies and manufacturers to determine the drug’s therapeutic advantages and disadvantages. When it all comes down to it, they are only supposed to approve drugs that have greater benefits than dangers and risks. After the drug hits the markets, the FDA’s surveillance program (MedWatch) allows health care professionals to report the adverse effects they see in patients who take the drug. This system can be abused quite often.
You Could Experience Very Serious Side Effects.
- Heart Conditions: Prescription drugs have been found to sometimes go hand in hand with heart conditions such as heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and lifelong heart damage. For instance, drugs like the painkiller Celebrex have been proven to be so risky in relation to heart-related issues that doctors now refuse to prescribe them for long-term use.
- Stroke: Some prescription drugs have been known to cause stroke, or rapid loss of brain function due to blood flow disturbances. Drugs like the Alzheimer’s treatment Risperdal have been linked to strokes.
- Cancer: Prescription drugs can be carcinogenic, one of the most misleading things about them.
- Death: It has been mentioned that prescription drugs can cause horrible things such as deadly cancers and fatal heart attacks. This can lead to slow or immediate death depending on the situation. Some drugs have also been linked to suicidal thoughts.
Over the years, many prescription drugs have been linked to unfortunate side effects or even death. This has lead to many pharmaceuticals being the subject of class-action lawsuits. In these cases, numerous plaintiffs will band together and file one big lawsuit. If you want to know where you stand in a case involving this complex product liability, you may want to speak to an attorney. Call WTW today to schedule a consultation and get a review of your case.