Imperfect Drugs: Medication Injuries


Every day, millions of people take over-the-counter and prescribed medications. The majority has few issues or side effects, but others have a much different experience. Prescription can bring a number of complications for several reasons, including improper medication, improper dosage, dangerous drug interactions, and defective drugs and medical devices. Over-the-counter medications have potentially worse consequences, because there may not be a medical professional regularly assessing the drugs’ effects. 

Popular dangerous drugs

Many medications are prescribed and sold, taken by thousands, and then found to have caused physical harm. These defective drugs have been recalled, but their effects remain an issue for those they have injured.

Diet drugs: Fen Phen was a popular diet drug that soon was shown to cause heart valve damage and hypertension. This combination of dexfenfluramine and phentermine was widely used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. However, its severe side-effects initiated many lawsuits against Wyeth, the manufacturer. Redux and Pondimin were other brands of dexfenfluramine that caused the same problems.

Sleep aids: Many people have trouble sleeping. Their doctors prescribe or recommend Ambien, Restoril or Lunesta. These drugs have been proven to cause injuries due to sleep walking and even sleep driving.

Arthritis medication: Vioxx was marketed as bringing relief to some sufferers, but soon after being put on the market Merck's medication began to cause strokes and heart attacks.

Mood stabilizers: Antidepressants are routinely used by millions of people who probably aren't aware of the propensity of these drugs to cause birth defects and gallbladder disease. Paxil, Zoloft and other antidepressant medications are also known to cause suicides.

Going to market

The manufacturers of these defective drugs are sued for not divulging the frequency and severity of their side-effects. The results of clinical trials have been manipulated to get products to market more quickly.

If you've suffered an injury through a dangerously manufactured drug or an improper prescription, the San Diego injury lawyers at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire can protect your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries by pursuing your case against the liable party.


Published In: Products Liability Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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