Although all prescription and over the counter drugs carry some risk of side effects, all drugs intended for public use must clearly warn physicians and patients of all the hazards or side effects potentially associated with the drug so consumers can make an informed decision. Physicians and patients should decide if the chances of improving the condition the drugs are intended to treat outweighs the risks associated with the drugs.
Dangerous Drugs and Warnings
The warnings that come with drugs are critical because they educate both patient and doctor as to what aspects of the patient’s health should be monitored. There are also drugs that can be harmful to certain patients, such as those with pre-existing conditions including:
- Auto-immune disorders
- Weak, missing, or damaged kidneys
- Clotting or bleeding disorders
- Risk of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
- Pregnancy or risk of pregnancy
- Mental health issues or related disorders
Dangerous Drug Examples
- Fluoroquinolone antibiotics: Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are a type of antibiotics commonly prescribed to patients. While these antibiotics are meant to heal, they have been linked to serious injuries to the aorta. Patients using Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have reported tears and/or ruptures in their aorta, which is the main artery for the body and the primary delivery system for oxygenated blood to the circulatory system. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been shown to cause a tear or rupture in the aorta, leading to life threatening aneurysms.
- Elmiron: Elmiron is a popular drug prescribed to treat issues related to bladder issues. Elmiron is commonly prescribed to patients experiencing interstitial cystitis, which can cause irritation and inflammation of the bladder as well as severe pelvic pain. While the drug is designed to be a bladder protectant, its manufacturers has been accused of failing to disclose serious side effects, primary vision loss. Elmiron users who have taken the drug over an extended period of time have suffered maculopathy and catastrophic loss of vision.
- Zantac: Zantac, or ranitidine hydrochloride, is a prescription drug that is used to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. For users suffering from heartburn, gastrointestinal, or gastroesophageal issues, Zantac became a readily available solution as users were able to purchase the drug over the counter without the need for a prescription. However, in recent studies, Zantac has been found to contain high-levels of carcinogens that cause cancer in users.
Dax F. Garza, P.C., Dangerous Drugs Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured or killed by a dangerous drug, you have the right to file a claim against the manufacturer and its marketer. However, there is a limited time in which to act, and state and federal courts can set up a statute of limitations without having to warn all the patients who took the drug. Contact Dax F. Garza, P.C. as soon as possible to discuss your case at no charge and learn what your options are.