Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 50. In 2016, drug overdose deaths may have hit an all-time high. Most of these overdose deaths are from opioids, such as heroin. In many cases, people begin taking prescription pain medications for a medical issue, but that leads to illegal drug use.
In response to the huge number of drug deaths, drug regulators are taking a closer look at prescriptions that are available to doctors and patients. Recently, the FDA released a statement asking for the recall of a painkiller called Opana ER. Regulators believe that the risks of using the drug outweigh any benefits from taking it.
Opana ER was recently reformulated with a new coating to help prevent people with addictions from snorting it. Instead, addicts began injecting it. Drug injections are linked with HIV and hepatitis C, among other diseases and health issues. The FDA has asked the drug’s manufacturer to take it off the market. If the drug manufacturer does not do so, the FDA plans to take steps to remove the drug from the market.
This is the first move on the part of the FDA to fight opioid addiction by demanding a recall of a drug because it is used inappropriately. Drug companies may fight back though – after all, in this situation there is nothing inherently wrong with the drug, and the company has taken steps to prevent addicts from misusing it.
Prescription drug abuse in this country is an epidemic. It’s important that drug companies help work with the government to fight this epidemic, and help keep the public and their customers informed about the risks of taking painkillers. Unfortunately, in many cases drug companies manufacture unsafe drugs, and may refuse to take them off the market until forced to do so.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous prescription drug, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We have experience in fighting drug companies to help our clients receive compensation for any medical issues they may have after taking a dangerous drug. Call us today to schedule a free consultation, or you can visit us on YouTube to learn more.