Harmful Prescription Drugs
We are bombarded by commercials and advertisements from the pharmaceutical industry.
On television, there are many drug commercials touting the benefits of one drug over another and persuading us that our lives will be better if we take their drugs.
In some cases, there are competing advertisements. One by the drug company selling the drug and one by law firms warning about the dangers of the drug.
Similarly, it seems magazines are filled with three-page spreads for prescription drugs. One page is filled with information about the drug while the other two pages are lists and lists and lists of the side effects.
So, how can the average consumer know whether a drug they are taking is actually safe? Unfortunately, for many people, the answer to that question comes too late.
So often, we represent patients and their families who were prescribed drugs that they and even their physician thought were safe, but it wasn’t until they suffered a serious or fatal complication, began to do their homework and discovered that other patients had experienced the same problem.
When a legally prescribed drug causes serious or fatal injuries and leaves you or someone you love with lots of unanswered questions, you need to seek immediate medical help from a trusted source.
At any given time, there are dozens of prescription drugs that are on the radar of patient safety advocates, pharmaceutical industry watchdogs, and personal injury attorneys. We stay abreast of the latest medical news concerning prescription drugs and we are actively involved in the litigation of several drugs.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one has taken a dangerous or defective prescription drug and have suffered serious or fatal injuries, we encourage you to call us at 800-489-5082 or send an e-mail to new [email protected].
Our mission is to help as many people as possible. But, even if we can’t help you, we can give you some guidance and hopefully some peace of mind.
How Do I Know if My Prescription Drug Has Caused Me Harm?
Not all adverse reactions to drugs give rise to a lawsuit. Some adverse reactions are well known and considered acceptable. In other words, sometimes the benefits of a particular drug outweigh the risk of suffering an adverse event.
However, the types of drugs which typically give rise to lawsuits are those where the particular adverse reaction is known to the manufacturer but kept secret from the doctors and the patient. Also, in some cases, the benefits of the drugs are overstated and exaggerated and the risks are minimized. We try to keep an up to date list of all of the drugs that we are either investigating or litigating and you can access that list HERE. But, if you are concerned about a particular drug, the best thing to do is pick up the phone and call us at 800-489-5082.
If I See One of My Prescriptions on the List Should I Stop Taking It?
NO. Please don’t! We are not medical doctors. Sometimes stopping taking a drug can have unintended consequences. We want to educate you about the potential for harm and we would like to represent you if we feel you have a claim against the drug manufacture, but be smart! Do not discontinue any prescription drug without discussing with your doctor. Sometimes stopping taking a drug can have unintended consequences. We want to educate you about the potential for harm and we would like to represent you if we feel you have a claim against the drug manufacturer, but be smart! Do not discontinue any prescription drug without discussing with your doctor.
What Can I Do if I Don’t See My Drug on the List, but I Am Still Concerned?
Taking prescription drugs, especially new ones, requires caution. Take these steps to keep yourself safe:
- Never stop taking a drug abruptly if you hear it is harmful. Always talk to your doctor about the risks. Maybe there is another option for you that your doctor can share.
- If you’re taking a fairly new drug, ask your doctor if there is an older, equally effective drug you can take instead. It may be less expensive as well. Always research medicines you are prescribed using credible sources, like the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus.
- Don’t let advertisements persuade you to take a drug that can be risky. Weigh your options with informed doctors to consider if the benefits outweigh the risks.
- Watch for drug alerts regularly on sites like ConsumerReports.org, the source of important information used in this article. They are devoted to watching out for dangers of approved medications and keeping consumers informed. Also, check the FDA site, www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm.
- Be sure you report any adverse effects you or a loved one have suffered from taking an approved prescription drug.
Taking these precautions can help you be your own advocate and help you to keep your loved ones safe. After all, nobody cares more about your health than you and your loved ones.
How a Flawed System Has Contributed to the Prevalence of Dangerous Prescription Drugs on the Market
Many of us take prescription drugs regularly, not concerned in the least bit about prescription drug safety. The drugs we take have been approved by the FDA, our friendly doctors prescribe them to us, and so we are safe, right? Not necessarily… According to ConsumerReports.org, “More than half of all prescription drugs cause adverse effects, many of which are serious and even fatal.”
Sometimes these effects are not discovered for a while, even though the FDA has approved the drug. Because of this delay, many take the medicine and suffer the needless consequences. The number of drug-related injuries is increasing every year, rather than decreasing. Some of the delays are inevitable: It’s simply not possible to detect every risk before doctors start prescribing a drug. Doing so would require clinical trials that would be prohibitively large, long, and costly.
If you’ve lost a loved one or suffered severe injuries due to dangerous drugs, defending your rights and getting the compensation you deserve is going to be an uphill battle.
The systems in place in the U.S. for pre-approval are flawed and somewhat unrealistic. It is impossible for the process to be 100% effective because it takes time for results to begin showing up. Many have given their lives, and this has helped raise awareness about the dangers. There are also many holes after the approval process that fail to effectively and efficiently inform the public of the true dangers of some drugs. For example:
- Doctors are urged to report adverse effects of drugs to the FDA, but this is voluntary, so many go unreported.
- Many studies with unfavorable results never get published and are never viewed by the public.
Dallas-based drug injury lawyer Kay Van Wey has successfully secured compensation for and defended the rights of patients nationwide who have taken prescription drugs and suffered from serious or lethal side effects.
If you’ve lost a loved one or suffered severe injuries due to dangerous drugs, defending your rights and getting the compensation you deserve is going to be an uphill battle. You need top-rated Texas Super Lawyer Kay Van Wey on your side.
She combines her deep knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical issues with the compassion and empathy you need in your Texas drug injury attorney.