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.
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.
Pradaxa, one of the leading blood thinning medications for those with atrial fibrillation and blood clot risks, has been linked to fatal internal bleeding.
Invokana, one of the most popular drugs prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes, has been linked to a number of severe side effects, including kidney cancer, Fournier’s Gangrene, bladder cancer, lower limb amputations and ketoacidosis. So far, thousands of victims have filed lawsuits.
Also, the ADHD medication Concerta, which is prescribed to children and young adults, has been linked to increased risks of childhood suicide attempts.