Drug Injuries & Side Effects
While advancements in medical research and technology have produced beneficial drugs that increase longevity, many prescription medications also carry dangerous side effects. Millions of Americans are hospitalized each year after experiencing severe negative reactions to dangerous medications.
In some cases, these serious side effects may outweigh the potential benefits of a drug. Injured patients must consult with their doctors to determine whether the risks associated with dangerous side effects outweigh the benefits.
Dangerous Prescription Medications
In recent years, certain classes of drugs have caused the majority of negative and dangerous side effects. For adults, blood thinners, high blood pressure medications, antibiotics and antidepressants topped the list of most dangerous drugs.
Blood thinners such as Pradaxa and Coumadin caused thousands upon thousands of injuries. In children, drugs that treat Crohn’sdisease, asthma, acne and muscle spasms topped the list of the most dangerous drugs to children under the age of 18.
The most dangerous drugs are compiled in reports issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
In the wake of the dangerous side effects, attorneys have filed lawsuits on behalf of injured patients. For example, companies such as BoehringerIngelheim, a German pharmaceutical company and the manufacturer of Pradaxa, have agreed to settle more than 4,000 cases for $650 million in 2014 after severely injuring patients.
Common Prescription Drug Side Effects
Record numbers of Americans are being injured, at times fatally, by a rise in dangerous prescription drug side effects. More than 4 million individuals visit the hospital ever year due to negative side effects from prescription medication.
While many prescription medications carry some undesirable side effect, the most common side effects include:
The specific side effects will depend on the type of prescription drug. Side effects range from mild to serious with some side effects being especially dangerous to vulnerable populations including elderly populations and pregnant individuals.
Dangerous and more serious side effects include:
- Heart attack
Simply getting approval for a prescription medication after clinical trials does not guarantee the drug’s safety. Many drugs have been found to pose a serious danger to the public years after FDA approval. MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary post-approval process watchdog exists for this exact reason. Medical professionals report dangerous side effects and if enough problems are identified, the FDA may order a recall of the drug.
Dangerous drugs may be recalled because the safety hazards are not always clear right away, the labels may be inaccurate, the packaging may be contaminated, or the manufacturing process may have included defects in the ingredients.
Peterson & Associates, P.C. Represent Injured Patients
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our prescription drug side effect attorneys are dedicated to ensuring the patients injured by dangerous prescription drugs, get to assert all of their legal rights.