Prescription drugs help sustain health but some can be dangerous because of side effects, when used with other medications, or when taken over long periods of time. It is imperative that patients who have suffered harm because of taking a prescription drug promptly contact the Broward County dangerous drugs lawyer to learn if a lawsuit is possible. Florida patients who have been harmed by a prescription drug have two years from the date of the injury or the date that it was discovered should seek compensation for damages with the help of a distinguished personal injury attorney.
Product liability is a complex area of law requiring an attorney who has extensive experience successfully handling these cases, such as the Broward County dangerous drugs lawyers. Drug makers can be sued for damages under product liability if the company designed the drug with a defect, a mistake was made in producing the drug, or if the company misrepresented the safety of the drug or did not adequately warn consumers on the label.
A number of drugs can be dangerous, but the most common are medications for heart disease, cancer, and thinning blood. Some of the frequently used drugs that have harmful side effects are chemotherapy drugs, statins for reducing cholesterol, blood thinners, Prozac/fluoxetine, Glucotrol, long-term use of arthritis drugs, and beta blockers. For more information on these prescriptions, injured people should contact a Broward County dangerous drugs lawyer.
Chemotherapy drugs, including methotrexate treating cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, which are poisons designed to kill cancer cells that can also kill healthy cells. These drugs are toxic to the liver and kidneys and can weaken the immune system and cause lung disease. Statins for reducing cholesterol, Mevacor, Zocor, and Pravachol, can cause liver toxicity, cataracts, and muscle inflammation.
Blood thinners, such as Xarelto and Pradaxa, used to prevent strokes and heart attacks, can cause abnormal bleeding. Death can result from loss of blood. Prozac (Fluoxetine) is meant to alter moods, manage anxiety, and help sleeping, but can cause hostility, violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts.
Glucotrol and other drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes by reducing glucose can cause liver damage and hypoglycemia. Long-term use of arthritis drugs, Motrin and Celebrex, can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and damage to the kidneys and liver. Beta blockers, Lopressor and Tenormin, are used to weaken the heart to achieve lower blood pressure, can change cardiac performance, and elevate blood lipids.
A study conducted among physicians in the US, Canada, and France, revealed that physicians are not always told that a drug has a side effect that can have serious consequences, reported the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Pharmaceutical sales representatives simply do not tell them or the drug companies do not tell their field representatives. Without that information, physicians may prescribe medicines that, when taken together, can cause adverse drug reactions. The dosage may not be correct, and testing of a new drug may not reveal an adverse reaction.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious side effects from a prescribed medication, contact a skilled Broward County dangerous drugs lawyer to evaluate your case. The attorney offers a free consultation, which does not require that the attorney be hired.