Doctors may steer patients toward proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat a range of gastrointestinal issues, from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to stomach ulcers. Short term, these prescriptions and over-the-counter medications cut down on stomach acid production, which provides relief and allows any ulcers to heal.
According to the FDA, medication errors result in about 1.3 million injuries to Americans each year. These instances cover a broad scope of healthcare procedures, systems and professionals, including inaccurate or inappropriate personal use.
You tried hormonal contraceptives for years until a doctor told you about Essure, a permanent birth control device that’s inserted into your fallopian tubes – no anesthesia required – to create scar tissue, which blocks sperm from reaching your eggs. Compared to surgical options like tubal ligation, Essure looks like a far friendlier option.
Doctors have known about the serious side effects associated with Fluoroquinolones like Cipro, including tendon ruptures and neurological issues, for a number of years. In response, prescriptions have tapered off, except in the most extreme instances.
Opioid overdose-related deaths have been a national concern for the past few years. In our own state of Connecticut, fatalities have tripled since 2012. Whether Fentanyl, prescription painkillers or heroin is to blame, cities that have shouldered costs related to Narcan administering and rehabilitation are now fighting back, filing lawsuits against major drug manufacturers.