More Americans are taking prescription medications than ever before. It’s been estimated that about 60 to 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescribed drug. It is difficult to know how many of those people are harmed by therapeutic prescription drug use, which does not count overdoses or misuse. Although health care providers and consumers are encouraged to report adverse drug reactions to the FDA, it says it is unable to quantify overall deaths that result from prescription drug use.
According to experts, the greatest number of prescription drug related hospitalizations and deaths occur from drugs that are properly prescribed by doctors and are taken as directed. Some believe that about 2,500 people per week die from prescription drugs that were properly prescribed and did not involve overdoses. If true, that would make properly prescribed drug consumption the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
Prescription drugs can provide a number of benefits from treating infections to helping manage chronic conditions. Most side effects are minor, but prescription drug reactions result in approximately 1.5 million to 2.7 million hospitalizations a year. Most people who are harmed by prescription drugs are taking the drug as prescribed. This situation is only expected to worsen, because as people get older they end up taking more drugs, which can interact in dangerous ways.
If you have experienced a dangerous side effect as a result of taking a prescription drug as prescribed, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. You may be eligible for compensation, including for your pain and suffering, your medical expenses, and your lost wages. Call us to learn more or visit us on Facebook.