While about 85 percent of individuals older than 60 in the U.S. are taking at least one prescription medication, roughly 66 percent of those who visit their doctor are prescribed some kind of drug. Given such the prevalent use of prescription medications, it's essential that patients are aware that many modern prescriptions have the potential to cause a range of mild to serious side effects – and, in the worst cases, wrongful death. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 350,000 Americans died as a result of serious prescription drug side effects and negative medication interactions. In fact, over the past 5 years, fatalities caused by prescription drugs have reportedly increased nearly 70 percent.
If you or a loved one has been injured after using a prescription medication please give us a call to discuss your specific situation at 334-678-7994.
Defective Drug Information
Before starting any new course of medication, it's vital that patients:
- Discuss their complete medical history with their physician
- Understand how to properly take the drug, as well as what to avoid in order to minimize the chances of negative drug interactions
- Familiarize themselves with the symptoms of the drug's side effects so they know when to seek medical care
The following are just some of the hundreds of prescription medications that have been reported to cause severe, possibly fatal health complications:
- Avandia, an oral diabetes drug
- Byetta, an injectable diabetes medication
- Fentanyl, a pain medication that is about 100 times stronger than morphine
- Levaquin, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections
- Raptiva, an oral psoriasis medication
- Reglan, an oral medication for treating the heartburn caused by GERD
- Yaz/Yasmin, oral contraceptives
Defective Drug Attorneys in Alabama
Our firm is dedicated to building strong defective drug cases by gathering all necessary evidence and aggressively litigating in legal proceedings, including trial, arbitration and mediation. We are committed to helping our clients obtain the best results for their specific injury. Contact us today at (334) 678-7994 so we can discuss your rights.
Questions about Defective Medications?
We can provide answers in a free initial consultation. You can meet with an attorney about your case in our Dothan office, or over the phone. Call (334) 678-7994 or click here to contact us via email.