Top Three Causes of Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | December 31st, 2013

December 31, 2013

There are numerous ways medications can cause harm to a patient’s health, but most drug injuries fall into one of three different categories. The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the three most common types of drug injuries in the United States today include those caused by:

  • Contamination– Medications can become adulterated by germs, debris, and other substances during the manufacturing and packaging processes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that most recently, such mistakes led to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds of others sickened.
  • Inadequate Warning Labels– Manufacturers of the medications we use are required by law to thoroughly test new products before their release to ensure safety. When insufficient testing is done, warning labels on new products can fail to explain certain dangers associated with new medications to users. For example, numerous patients suffered an Actos® Drug Injury due to such failures.
  • Prescription Errors– These mistakes can occur when a physician or medical professional administers the wrong drug to a patient. These errors can also include giving a patient too large or too small of a dosage of a needed medication.

The attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of how dangerous drug injuries can be to patients and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a medication prescribed to them by a physician to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.