October 8th, 2015
Research in recent years has indicated that an estimated ten percent of Americans1 has been prescribed some type of antidepressant medication, which means that more than 31 million people take this type of medicine to combat depression and related symptoms. Despite the widespread use of these prescriptions and the benefits they provide for many patients, these drugs also have the potential to cause serious and even dangerous side effects in users. Specifically, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been associated with injuries and even fatalities in the United States.
Manufacturers have the legal duty to sell medications that are … Read More Posted In: Drug Injury
October 5th, 2015
More than four billion prescriptions1 for many different types of medication were filled at pharmacies in the United States in 2014 and even more medications were distributed in hospitals and medical centers. This means that medical professionals often write multiple prescriptions for multiple clients per day. Additionally, many individuals take several different kinds of drugs for several different ailments or conditions at the same time, including over-the-counter drugs.
Because of the prevalence of medication in our society, doctors are expected to do certain research prior to prescribing or recommending certain medicines to patients. For example, doctors should always ask … Read More Posted In: Drug Injury, Medical Malpractice
August 12th, 2015
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.4 million individuals1 in the United States reside in nursing homes or similar long-term care facilities. Because many of these nursing home residents are elderly and may have multiple health problems, the large majority of residents have at least one prescription for medication—if not many prescriptions. In a typical nursing home, thousands of pills may be administered each and every day. Though this makes it easy to make a mistake regarding an individual’s medication, nursing homes are held to a strict duty of care2 and … Read More Posted In: Drug Injury
April 6th, 2015
Pharmaceuticals are intended to treat illnesses and medical conditions and improve a patient’s quality of life. Unfortunately, some medications create additional medical issues in patients, some even more serious than the underlying illness. Though almost every drug has some side effects, products with unreasonably high risks of dangerous effects should be pulled from the shelves or, at least, should adequately warn potential consumers of the risks so that they may make an educated decision about taking the drug.
Many pharmaceuticals companies in recent years seem to be more concerned with their profits than with the health and safety of the … Read More Posted In: Drug Injury