One warning that consumers often read on medicine labels, whether prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, is “Use as directed.” Relieving patients of their pains and curing illnesses form the commitment of pharmaceutical companies. These companies spend millions of dollars in research about diseases, the substance or compound that would be effective against these, and in the production of drugs that would hopefully cure or prevent these from worsening. The drugs are then tested on patients suffering from illnesses these are intended to treat and, if truly effective, are passed to the Food and Drug Administration for further analysis and approval for patient use.
Unfortunately, there are pharmaceutical products, even those produced by giant pharmaceutical companies or which doctors most often recommend due to their reported efficacy, which eventually end up causing adverse effects that put patients’ health in greater risk. These products include oral contraceptive and prescription drugs meant to treat type 2 diabetes, kidney failure, epileptic seizures, migraine attacks or seizures and manic episodes due to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
The reported adverse effects vary, depending on the drugs taken and the patients who take these; some of the most common reported adverse effects, though, regardless of the type and brand of drug, include gall bladder injury, heart attack, stroke, birth defect, such as cleft lip or cleft palate, bladder cancer, cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA, which is a failure in the functioning of the brain due to disturbance in the brain’s blood supply), myocardial infarction (or damage of heart tissues), acute pancreatitis (or sudden inflammation of the pancreas) or sudden death.
Drug side effects are real and can cause great harm to patients. Thus, when a particular medicine is reported to be causing side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues orders to manufacturers to include in the drug’s prescription label risks to health associated with the use of this drug – this is stop others from further using the drug, as well as to discourage doctors from further prescribing such drug to their patients.
According to a Product Liability attorney from the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, product designers and manufacturers in the United States have the important duty to ensure the safety of their products for consumer use. Otherwise, consumers would face constant risks from the goods they purchase. However, though many of these product designers and manufacturers uphold this essential responsibility, dangerous and defective products continue to be released to the public every year.
The possibility of consumers getting harmed due to the use of products, including medicines, is the reason for the existence of product liability law. This law is what gives injured consumers the legal right to pursue legal action against manufacturers and seek compensation from them.