Although all drugs come with side effects and some risk, all prescription drugs must clearly warn patients and their physicians of all the drug’s dangers so they can ultimately decide if the risk of taking the drug is worth improving the condition it is supposed to treat. This is also beneficial so they may be aware as to what aspects of their health they should monitor in order to best decrease the risk to the patient. A few of these drugs include:
This prescription medication is an antipsychotic drug often given to treat serious mental disorders such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and manic depressive disorder. It has been on the market for approximately 30 years but has recently been alleged to cause serious complications. These include the development of breast tissue in males (especially adolescents), movement disorders, and even a serious condition known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner used to prevent clots from forming after knee or hip surgery, to prevent a pulmonary embolism, or to treat an existing one. Unfortunately, serious bleeding events have been associated with Xarelto and can result in permanent organ damage and even death in some patients. Thousands of suits have already been filed against the makers and marketers of this drug, with many others expected to follow.
Patients who undergo serious episodes of nausea and vomiting may be prescribed Zofran to help alleviate symptoms. These patients often include those undergoing grueling cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, many pregnant mothers who experienced morning sickness were also prescribed Zofran, a condition it was not intended for nor properly vetted for. This resulted in many mothers giving birth to children with serious birth defects including cleft palates and other congenital malformations.
This drug is prescribed mostly to patients with type 2 diabetes. It works by lowering blood sugar levels and eliminating excess blood through the urine. However, the drug has been known to cause severe kidney damage and even kidney failure. It has also been linked to patients lapsing into extended comas and even death.
Benicar is a medication that is used to treat high blood pressure and some forms of heart failure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels but has also been linked to serious side effects. These include heart disease, intestinal disease, birth defects, and other conditions requiring extended and expensive hospital stays.
In the United States, a tort refers to a, “body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others.”
An MDL stands for multidistrict litigation and is a special legal procedure conducted in federal court that is designed to quickly conduct the handling of complex cases, which can include dangerous drug and medical device lawsuits.
It means the manufacturer made an error either in the design or the fabrication of a product that causes it to not work as intended. This can be especially dangerous in many cases, such as those of faulty medical devices and prescription drugs.
A defective design in a product is one that is so great, the product cannot be utilized for the purposes intended or is even made hazardous as a result of the defect, imperfection, or design flaw. In the case of medical devices, this can be a deadly mistake.