Are Bad Medicines on the Rise?
Nearly every day there seems to be a news story that talks about the dangers of a new medication. Some of the pharmaceuticals that are intended to reduce pain, extend lives, or help the sick recover are, in fact, harming people. It seems like every type of medication has been impacted by these issues. Surprisingly, some medicines designed to treat more-common ailments are the worst offenders.
It is the belief of many, non-associated medical groups, that these medications are being pushed into the market to “help the common good.” Consequently, extended research and development periods are being cut in half to push these “miracle” drugs into the public.
A Classic Example Of A Miracle Drug Gone Wrong
Warfarin, a blood thinner, has been the most widely used medication of its kind, but had serious side effects. Users of Warfarin were required to have their kidney and liver function checked several times a year to ensure these organs were not suffering damage.
Pradaxa is a medication that was released in 2010 and hailed to be the “long awaited replacement” for Warfarin. It was quickly pushed to the market and doctors began immediately prescribing this medication to patients.
Within four months of its release, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving adverse reaction notices about the drug. Pradaxa users were bleeding excessively, and some people had already died.
Much to the horror of the medical community, it was quickly discovered that, unlike most prescription drugs, Pradaxa did not have an antidote. Warfarin had an antidote that patients could take if bleeding occurred, or if the patient needed surgery.
What this means is that, if the patient is unfortunate enough to start bleeding excessively from the medication, there is nothing that can be done. It also means that anyone taking the medication cannot undergo surgery, have invasive dental work, or receive emergency surgical care. Pradaxa is, in fact, a death sentence.
It has since been discovered that users of this drug cannot stop taking the medication. It has such a strong impact on the system that failure to take the medication can lead to a stroke or heart failure.
At this time, the FDA has not made the manufacturers of the medication recall the product. This is due, in part, to the fact that patients currently taking the medication cannot stop. However, the FDA has issued strong warnings about giving this prescription to new patients. A review will take place late in 2013 to determine the fate of this product.
There are currently several lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Pradaxa, but the case has not reached class-action status at the time this was written. Anyone that has been injured or suffered loss as a result of taking this medication should seek a consultation with a personal injury attorney that specializes in bad-medicine cases. As the victim of a bad medicine injury, you are entitled to specific forms of compensation under the law. The types of compensation you receive will be determined by the laws in your state.
Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and contributes this article as a way to provide information regarding the dangerous effects of Pradaxa. Doyle Raizner LLP is a Houston trial lawyer firm committed to defending individuals who have been adversely affected by the use of the drug. Their vast litigating experience and knowledge allows them to provide answers, hope, and peace of mind to their clients.