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FDA Warns of Drug Injury Risk Associated With Two Hepatitis C Medications

by Staff Blogger | November 3rd, 2015

Companies that manufacture medications are required to thoroughly test their product to help reduce the risk of serious drug injuries. But sometimes, dangerous drugs are released to patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warnings about the serious risks related to two different Hepatitis C drugs. Officials linked used of the medications to serious liver damage in some patients.

Viekira Pak and Technivie were both approved to treat the symptoms of the viral disease in Dec. 2014. Since that time, the FDA has received 26 reports of patients suffering serious liver damage. The Washington Post reports some patients died as the result of their injuries, while others had to undergo corrective treatments and procedures—including liver transplants.

The FDA is encouraging users to be on the lookout for signs of liver damage, such as loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. Patients are also being urged to continue using the medications unless instructed otherwise by your physician.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking either Viekira Pak or Technivie, it’s important to know you may have a drug injury lawsuit. Learn more about the options and resources available to drug injury victims by visiting our website.

Blood pressure drug combo could lead to serious drug injuries

by fpw | April 6th, 2011

March 31, 2011

If two drugs work well individually, they must work well together, right? That’s what many doctors thought about commonly prescribed blood pressure medications; however, a study finds that for most people this isn’t the case. In fact, combining the drugs could lead to drug injuries.

According to HealthDay News, a Canadian study has found that patients taking a combination of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) may be at risk for serious drug injuries.

Patients who take these medications together could be at risk for drug injuries such as end stage renal failure and even death.

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Are you taking ACE inhibitors and ARBs? Will you discuss the problems with these medications with your doctor? Have you suffered a drug injury before? Tell the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough Attorneys at Law about your loss.

Some blood pressure meds used with antibiotics can cause drug injuries

by fpw | January 27th, 2011

January 27, 2011

Many people view antibiotics as life savers: when we get an infection, we rely on them to nurse us back to health. However, when mixed with some other drugs, common antibiotics may be harmful to certain populations.

According to Health Day, some common antibiotics may cause drug injuries such as dangerously low blood pressure for older people taking blood pressure medications such as calcium blockers.

The study find that antibiotics such as erythromycin and clarithromycin could increase the chance that low blood pressure would send older people to the hospital with drug injuries.

A drug in the same family, azithromycin, is not linked to the drug injuries.

The risk of drug injury with the combination of these drugs has been known for decades, though this is the first study to quantify the risk.

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Have you ever suffered drug injuries because of a prescription medication? Tell the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough about your loss.