Let’s Talk About Pharmaceutical Defects
With advances in modern medicine, people have become able to rely on prescription medications to alleviate diseases and conditions which were previously untreatable. Overall, this has been an overwhelmingly positive thing, as it has helped individuals with everything from diabetes to heart disease maintain healthy, active lives. Unfortunately, some prescription medications are capable of causing side effects that are vastly more severe than the illness for which they were prescribed. Consumers have a right to be safe from these unintended consequences, and when they do appear, pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to make the risks known or recall the drug.
In recent years, it has become clear that several widely used prescription medications are responsible for severe side effects in patients and birth defects in babies born to women who used these drugs while pregnant. Studies published by various medical journals, international agencies, and even the pharmaceutical manufacturers themselves have shown that those who take these medications have a significantly higher risk of being effected by serious illnesses or birth defects.
Birth Defects and Other Injuries
Several prescription medications have been linked to severe birth defects when used by women during pregnancy including:
Use of these medications increases the risk of birth defects such as Pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), cleft palate, cleft lip, limb defects, abdominal defects, anal atresia, and hypospadias.
Additionally, many drugs are dangerous enough that they have the potential to cause severe side effects in people who use them, including drugs like:
Dangerous Side Effects
Dangerous prescription medications have the potential to cause a wide variety of damaging injuries and ailments. For example, the prescription drug Actos has been prescribed to treat people with type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar and help the body make use of its own insulin. Unfortunately, this drug has shown a significant increase in bladder cancer among individuals who have taken it for at least one year or more. Though bladder cancer can successfully be treated if it is caught in the early stages, many people are unable to detect it until it is past the early stages, and extreme surgery and/or chemotherapy must be used in an attempt to remove the cancer.
In addition to the risk of birth defects associated with Prozac, this prescription antidepressant also carries a possible risk of suicidal behavior. Although there has not been enough research done in this area, an internal report done by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co. shows that there were concerns about the drug’s possible connection to suicidal behavior as early as 1988. The FDA has warned consumers to monitor worsening depression and suicidal ideation after taking Prozac.
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Consumers have a right to be informed of all the possible risks of taking prescription drugs to treat an illness, and when they suffer from unintended side effects of a dangerous drug, the responsible drug manufacturer should be held accountable. If you have been harmed because of prescription drug use, it’s usually a good idea to discuss your situation with a medical malpractice lawyer and learn more about your legal rights and options. Just our two cents…