The pharmaceutical industry has experienced exponential growth in the last 20 years, resulting in a nearly limitless variety of medications and pills available for just about any medical malady imaginable. While this progress is definitely positive in the sense that illnesses previously deemed deadly now have strong recovery rates, pharmaceutical growth also has a negative side. Florida lawyers have gotten involved and the crisis continues to escalate nationwide.
Consumers trust pharmaceutical companies by putting their health and wellbeing in the hands of medical companies, doctors, and pharmacists. But frequent medicine recalls and extensive lists of side effects are more than concerning. Many of today’s drugs have the potential to be dangerous, especially mixed with other drugs.
When the wrong drugs interact with each other, negative and potentially deadly side effects result. Believe it or not, the FDA reports that adverse drug reactions kill three times as many people as car accidents each year. With a large portion of the population taking more than one type of medication each day, adverse drug reactions are a growing problem. Drug makers, the FDA, doctors, and pharmacies have a responsibility to educate and warn of any potential drug interactions with every medication sold, but that doesn’t always stop the damage from occurring.
When a patient is prescribed a medication that interacts negatively with another medication being taken, or when the medicine is mislabeled and doesn’t properly inform of potential drug interactions, those to blame can be held responsible. Anyone in the chain of command who played a role in the mistake, from the drug manufacturer to the pharmacist, can be sued for medical malpractice.
A criminal defense attorney in Tampa is the best person to analyze the situation and determine if a lawsuit would prove beneficial. People can minimize their risk of falling victim to dangerous drug interactions by using the pharmacy for all prescriptions, carefully reading labels, and doing independent research about simultaneous medications before taking them.