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
A few of these dangerous drugs include:
Dangerous Drugs – Invokana
Invokana (also known as Canagliflozin) is prescription medication used to help patients with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, it quickly became popular because it was the first in a new class of drugs used to manage diabetes called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. However, Invokana has been linked to several serious side effects, many of which require hospitalization.
Dangerous Drugs – Zofran
Zofran is a prescription medication used to treat nausea and vomiting in certain patients, such as those undergoing cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. However, the manufacturers of the drug are alleged to have marketed Zofran to pregnant women as a treatment for common morning sickness. As a result, the drug has been linked to birth defects – including heart defects and cleft palates – in children of the mothers who took the drug during pregnancy.
Dangerous Drugs – Levonorgestrel
Levonorgestrel is a hormone used to prevent pregnancies in women by preventing ovulation, the sperm from reaching the egg, and the egg from attaching to the uterine wall. This drug is most often given to women via an IUD like Mirena, although it can also be taken as a pill. However, the device and drug are suspected to have serious side effects including device migration, the device perforating the uterus or intestines, and many other harmful conditions.
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.