Ever since your sister suffered a mild heart attack you’ve been trying to take better care of yourself. You encourage healthy eating, regular exercise, and even meditation to relieve stress. You start everyday doing at least 15 minutes of yoga, then have a refreshing breakfast of granola and a glass of grapefruit juice. You work out four days a week and try to keep your stress at bay. However, despite all your efforts, your doctor informed you at your last physical that you had high blood pressure.
Although you were kind of dumbfounded, the doctor explained that high blood pressure can be hereditary and doesn’t always depend on your lifestyle. Therefore, he prescribed you medication to help bring it down. He explained that it may cause fatigue and dizziness until you become accustomed to it, but besides that there shouldn’t be any other side effects.
You took the medication with your breakfast every morning for about a week—and you felt awful. You were extremely tired, nauseated, dizzy, and basically felt “out of it” all day. The doctor said you may experience some side effects, but you weren’t sure if how you were feeling was what he meant.
Then it happened.
Your husband came home from work one day and found you unconscious on the floor. He rushed you to the emergency room where they discovered that you were overdosing on your medication. They flushed your system and told you that you would okay but you may have long-term effects. How could this have happened?
You followed up with your doctor, who still proclaimed that your dose was fine and you shouldn’t have had any reactions. After doing your own investigation, you discovered that several other people who were taking the same medication had similar effects as a result of drinking grapefruit juice while taking it.
Really? Grapefruit juice caused an overdose? Why weren’t you told about this? Why wasn’t there a warning label? Why didn’t the doctor say something? Is this a case of a defective drug, or just a freak side effect?
What Makes a Drug Defective?
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a defective drug is a prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological, or emotional injury. When a drug is proved to cause harmful side effects, the FDA will generally investigate the issue and either recall the drug or require sufficient warning labels to be attached to the drug. However, in order to avoid backlash or decreased profits, some drug companies either mislabel, avoid, or deliberately refuse to put warnings on their products. In these cases, you could wind up suffering severe injuries.
The FDA tries to monitor drug types and side effects in order to keep patients safe. Unfortunately, many drugs escape their notice until people like you bring the following issues to their attention:
- Specific side effects of the drug – Severe physical or mental issues that develop after the use of the drug. This includes breathing problems, mental instability, and fatigue.
- Defects in the drug – Medications that causes more problems than they solve, or do not help the symptoms they claim to help.
- Incomplete labeling – Lack of allergy indicators, correct dosage, or risks on the packaging.
- Insufficient warnings – Lack of proper information regarding possible side effects and risks, and the absence of cautionary literature on combining certain drugs.
Fighting Against Defection
When a drug is defective and has inadequate research into its potential risks, the only way for the FDA to become aware of the harm it induces is to hear directly from those who are affected. Unfortunately, this means that many dangerous drugs can continue to circulate without proper repercussions—until someone like you reports it to the FDA and files a defective drug claim.
If you believe that you have suffered adverse or harmful effects from a drug, contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and help you determine your rights, contact and report the issue to the FDA, and file a compensatory claim for your injuries. A mislabeled or defective drug can not only damage yourself and your family—it can also harm thousands of other innocent patients. Call today to help all those who rely on medications to improve their health, not destroy it.
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