When your doctor prescribes a drug, it is normal to assume that the drug will help you recover from an illness or aid in the treatment of some medical condition. Some drugs, however, have dangerous side effects that can cause many more problems than they solve.
Just because a drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not mean that drug is safe. When a drug is developed, it is tested for dangerous side effects, but as long as the dangerous side effects do not occur too often, the FDA may still approve it. After the drug is released to the public and many people begin to take it, sometimes it is found that the drug causes more medical problems than predicted.
When this happens, the manufacturers might recall dangerous drugs because the side effects are too dangerous. However, some dangerous or defective drugs are not recalled allowing the individuals to suffer serious side effects.
Side effects from dangerous drugs and medication errors can be devastating. Some of the more common serious side effects associated range from nausea, vomiting, headache and cramping to stroke, paralysis and organ failure. In more extreme instances, wrongful death may result from a drug not properly tested or a medication error.
There has been an increase of dangerous and defective drugs on the market recently, because large drug manufacturers choose to increase profit regardless of the people who are injured in the process, with Depakote being one of the more recent cases.
If you or a loved one feels you have suffered serious side effects, or if you suspect your loved one has died from the use a dangerous drug or medication error, you may be able to file a dangerous drug claim. Contact the experienced dangerous drug, medication error, and medical malpractice attorneys at Trantolo & Trantolo today for a free consultation.