The Bad Side of Prescription Drugs
There’s no doubt modern medicine has been a boon to nearly every person born during the past century. Thanks to discoveries like penicillin, the polio vaccine and a whole host of other helpful drugs, many people are leading happier, healthier lives, and enjoying longer lifespans. But while many drug discoveries have proven remarkably beneficial to people of all ages and all walks of life, a number of defective prescription drugs have proven to have significant side effects that can have long-term health risks, and sometimes even cause death.
Just this month, the FDA announced a meeting of outside advisors to investigate multiple claims of cardiovascular complications associated with testosterone drugs. Although the primary purpose of these medications is to treat men whose natural hormonal levels have decreased, usually due to age, numerous reports of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and other cardiovascular risks have drawn the attention of the FDA.
The number of reported incidents has grown in part because more men than ever before are receiving prescriptions or testosterone products. In fact, according to the FDA, the number of men being prescribed testosterone products nearly doubled in three years, from 1.3 million patients in 2010 to 2.3 million patients in 2013. And, the FDA reports, in 2013 nearly 60 percent of men taking testosterone also had a prescription for heart medication.
In fact, the data linking testosterone drugs and cardiovascular problems was so significant, the FDA issued a “drug safety communication” in January, announcing it was investigating the risk. In the meantime, millions of men have been exposed to testosterone products, and the drugs are still being readily prescribed.
The FDA review process for a drug that’s suspected of being dangerous can take years, and during that time, drug manufacturers and healthcare providers can continue to promote the drug to unsuspecting patients. The results can be lifealtering.
Not just testosterone
Testosterone drugs are not the only medications that have been associated with serious side effects. The list of defective drugs is lengthy, and includes surprisingly common drugs like:
- Birth control pills Yaz® and Yasmin®
- Diabetes drugs Avandia® and Actos®
- Antidepressants Lexapro®, Paxil®, Zoloft®, Prozac® and Effexor®
- Osteoporosis medication Fosamax®
- Hair loss treatment Propecia®
- Mood stabilizers Depakote® and Risperdal®
The side effects of dangerous defective drugs can be devastating, including suicide, heart attacks, strokes, liver damage, birth defects, cancer and more.
Protecting victims’ rights: Handling Defective Drug Lawsuits
Defective prescription drugs can result in significant, longterm injury and the associated costs can be huge. Victims must consider not only medical costs, but also lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and more. Most of us turn to prescription medications to improve our lives, and when we find our trust and faith are misplaced and those drugs wind up doing us harm instead of good, the impact can be significant.
The best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your rights and get the compensation you deserve is by working with an experienced defective drugs lawyer. At the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, we’re dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs. Roger and his team have worked with men and women from Kennesaw, Acworth, and throughout Georgia to aggressively pursue cases so victims can feel whole again.
Our staff works tirelessly to gather testimony and other evidence to present the strongest case possible so you can feel confident about your representation. And our experience means we have the skill set necessary to explore every avenue for the best outcome.
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Pursuing a defective drug claim can help you and your loved ones avoid financial disaster and provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re doing something to protect yourself. But it’s also an important part of helping others by forcing drug manufacturers to take notice of the medical issues their drugs may be causing before others fall victim.
If you’ve suffered an injury as the result of a defective drug, you need a defective drug attorney who understands how to aggressively protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. The Law Offices of Roger Ghai has helped clients pursue defective drug claims successfully. Are you ready to take back control of your life? Then take that first step toward protecting yourself by stopping by our Kennesaw office or by calling (770) 233-7474 today.