Although there have been amazing advances in prescription drugs, their effectiveness, and the number of diseases they can effectively treat, prescription drugs can still be deadly for many people. What is particularly unfortunate is that many pharmaceutical companies learn of deadly side effects yet choose to ignore them out of greed.
One drug that has been alleged to be dangerous, and the warnings about it ignored by the drug’s manufacturer, is Seroquel. Seroquel is a popular antipsychotic drug whose annual sales have been in the billions. However, a pharmaceutical sales rep who worked for the company that manufactured it, AstraZeneca, began to have doubts about it after speaking with her customers, who began reporting to her that there could be a deadly link between the use of Seroquel and methadone together. The sales rep learned of a series of deaths that had occurred that could be linked to the combination of those two drugs.
The drug rep reported the deaths to her company, which she alleges continued to market and sell the drug, even to methadone clinics. The rep quit working for the company and filed a lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it hid the risks of taking Seroquel together with other medications. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 but only recently have the parties possibly reached a settlement.
Drug interactions are a very serious public health problem, which result in tens of thousands of people being hospitalized each year. Unfortunately, health care workers often fail to recognize drug interactions. Drug manufacturers also play a role in protecting and informing the public. In many cases, drug manufacturers intentionally make the problems worse by hiding problems from the FDA and failing to alert customers or doctors about the drug’s risks.
Drug companies make billions in profits each year from the sales of their prescription drugs, and they have a duty to keep the public safe and informed on any potential side effects of the drugs. However, it is very common for companies to instead keep quiet on any risks in an effort at maximizing profits. If you have been harmed by a dangerous prescription drug, you should speak with an attorney. Call Kennedy Hodges, dangerous prescription drug attorneys, at 855-947-0707 to learn more about your legal options. You can also learn more about the firm on Twitter.