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How Pharmaceuticals Can Hurt Trusting Patients

Each year in America, more than four million prescriptions are filled by patients with the intent of improving their health or easing their symptoms. While the majority of drugs work for the purpose they were prescribed, or at least do not do any harm, some of these prescriptions cause severe harm, disability, or even death to patients who take them. 

You don’t need to look far to find out how pharmaceuticals can hurt trusting patients. Patients and their doctors rely on these drugs and trust that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed their due diligence in testing their safety and efficacy. Sometimes, steps are skipped, FDA oversight falls short, and pharmaceutical companies are in a rush to get drugs on the market to make money. When this happens, patients are the ones at risk. 

Examples of Dangerous Drugs

There are far too many examples of how pharmaceuticals can hurt trusting patients. Some of the most common recent offenders include:

  • Invokana, which is linked to life-threatening side effects such as heart attacks and other heart problems, renal failure, ketoacidosis, bone fractures, increased cholesterol, severe dehydration, and many other concerning health issues
  • Zofran, which when taken by pregnant mothers has been found to cause cleft lip or palate, club foot, holes in the fetal heart, other heart defects, and skull deformities
  • Risperdal, which is commonly associated with type 2 diabetes, pituitary gland tumors, heart arrhythmia, weight gain, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Xarelto, which is a medication used to prevent blood clots and has been linked to severe headaches, fainting, and dizziness, unusual pain, and swelling, coughing up blood, and difficulty swallowing
  • Testosterone therapy, which comes in many forms such as gels and injections, and can cause heart attacks, prostate cancer, strokes, blood clots, breathing problems, and severe allergic reactions

Were You Injured by a Dangerous Drug?

Drug companies are required to test their products and be forthcoming with potential patients who take their drugs. When they do not take these actions, they are negligent and can be held liable for the injuries they cause. If you are injured, a dangerous drugs lawyer in San Francisco can help you keep them accountable for their actions. You could be entitled to receive financial compensation for your damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life. 

Are You Wondering How Pharmaceuticals Can Hurt Trusting Patients? We Can Help!

If you were injured by a medication that was prescribed to help you, lawyers from our firm can help. You are not alone, and there may be other people who have injuries from the same medication you took. In these cases, you might be able to join a class-action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company. When you meet with one of our lawyers, we can discuss the next steps in your case and address any questions you may have. Contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand today to schedule your case evaluation with one of our experienced dangerous drug attorneys.

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Date Of Posting

10 March,2020

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