It seems unthinkable—you get a new prescription medication to treat your illness, but after you take it, you develop new health problems and may be in worse condition than before.
Unfortunately, drug injuries have affected countless people in the U.S. in recent years, and the number continues to grow every day. Drug injuries are different than side effects, even severe ones, as patients’ doctors or pharmacists make them aware of the risk of side effects when they begin taking new medications.
However, drug injuries often occur seemingly out of nowhere, and it’s only when patients or their loved ones begin researching prescription medications that they find out they’re linked to serious and even fatal health problems.
Drug injuries occur because of a few reasons, such as:
- Drug manufacturers failing to thoroughly test medications – Many potential drug injuries can be detected with extensive testing, but sometimes drugs are released without proper oversights or thorough examinations of potential risks.
- Drug manufacturers failing to warn doctors and patients – In other cases, drug manufacturers are aware of certain risks that their medications pose to patients, but they fail to publish proper warnings for doctors and other healthcare providers.
Ultimately, it’s up to the billion-dollar corporations that make many popular drugs to be aware of the potential risks associated with their products and to take the proper steps to mitigate those risks. But that doesn’t always happen, and innocent people like you suffer the consequences.