Prescription drugs are now used to treat nearly every type of medical condition. Some estimates show that they are prescribed in 70% of all doctor’s visits.
In America, 3 out of 4 people now use prescription drugs, with half of us taking them on a regular basis. This has fueled a powerful industry worth more than $300 billion each year worldwide. However, with more than 14,000 drugs or medical devices on the market, most of us don’t know the whole story about the products we take.
The AMA reports that prescription drugs are responsible for over 100,000 deaths and almost 2 million injuries each year. And, manufacturers aren’t required to let us know about all of the side effects. There are also multitudes of clinical trials, university studies and FDA warnings issued for these products that don’t make it to major news. Even when products are recalled, patients often don’t find out right away.
Thousands of lawsuits are also filed each year against companies that make these products alleging side effects or death. However, the details of verdicts of settlements rarely reach the public.
DrugNews maintains an up-to-date database to keep patients informed of the latest issues with the drugs and medical devices they use each day. We do our best to give you the important news on the most popular drugs so that you can have educated conversations with your doctor about treatment alternatives, find out if others are experiencing side effects like you, and protect your legal rights.
In the following pages, we discuss some of the most popular prescription drugs on the market, and some issues patients are facing. Several drugs designed to treat diabetes, such as Actos, have been linked to added risks of bladder cancer. Hundreds of affected patients have already filed lawsuits around the country and received substantial jury awards.
Xarelto, the leading blood thinner drug for patients with atrial fibrillation and the prevention of blood clots, has been linked with increased risks of fatal internal bleeding.
The birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin have been linked to added blood clot dangers, causing thousands of patients to suffer pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or stroke. Bayer, the drug maker, has already paid out over $1.5 billion in settlements and continues to pay those hurt.
Also, the birth control implant Mirena has been related to uterus perforations, which has prompted over 1,000 lawsuits and pressure for Bayer to pay compensation.
If you have suffered severe prescription drug side effects like millions of others, help is available. You’ve come to the right place to learn your options and contact a lawyer.
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