Many consumers are aware of the fact that several medications containing valsartan, losartan and irbesartan were taken off the market through several recalls. According to the Food and Drug Administration, this is rapidly creating a shortage of blood pressure medications that do and do not potentially contain the carcinogen responsible for the recalls across the country, including here in Ohio. As a result, the agency recently gave what many would say is questionable advice -- take the tainted medications anyway.
The last couple of years have been challenging ones for people here in Ohio and elsewhere who suffer from high blood pressure. Numerous medications for this condition are under recall, and the Food and Drug Administration recently announced yet another one. This recall comes from Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, LLC.
There are governmental agencies that are tasked with protecting the public from defective or dangerous products. One of them is the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates products concerning the nation's food supply, drugs, medical devices and other items. The agency also handles the recall of products when either it, manufacturers or others discover problems with them that could harm the public. This involves numerous products that make their way into the homes of people here in Ohio and across the country.
Many Ohio residents suffer from type 2 diabetes. If you are one of them, your doctor may prescribe a medication to help control your condition. The problem is that some medications, such as Actos, cause serious drug injuries. If you take this particular medication, you could suffer harm. This is not the only medication that could cause harm because it is unsafe, but it is one that everyone is aware of that can cause significant health issues.
Back in 1977, the magnetic resonance imaging system came onto the medical scene. Since then, the MRI has helped revolutionize modern medicine since the images received show doctors more than X-rays and other imaging systems of the time. This machine helps to diagnose conditions such as stroke, brain tumors and more that could have gone undetected otherwise. With all of the benefits associated with this machine, the potential harm was largely ignored until May 2018. Now, an MRI could result in pharmaceutical litigation from patients here in Ohio and elsewhere.
Many Ohio residents take medications for either acute or chronic conditions. Occasionally, some of those medications become the subject of recalls issued or disseminated by the Food and Drug Administration. The question is how the drug that is subject to a particular recall presents a danger to particular consumers.
It seems as though 2018 is turning out to be a bad year for people across the country, including many here in Ohio, to be on a blood pressure medication. Already this year, the Food and Drug Administration has announced recalls of medications containing valsartan. The recall was expanded in August. In October, two more recalls were announced of drugs prescribed for the same purpose.
Many people here in Ohio and across the country take prescription and over-the-counter medications that they believe to be safe. The Food and Drug Administration recalled two of those drugs prescribed for high blood pressure this year. The fact that these recalls affected a large number of people created an opportunity to remind consumers what to do if a recall is issued or they suffer ill effects from a medication.
Last year, the federal government announced that the addiction and abuse of opioids had reached epidemic and dangerous proportions across the nation, including here in Ohio. In an attempt to combat this crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a strategy involving five key points. Whether the plan actually reduces the number of drug injuries from these narcotics remains to be seen.
Many Ohio residents turn to dietary supplements with the specific intention of avoiding pharmaceutical drugs. For whatever reason, they use what they believe to be more natural and healthier alternatives, believing they are doing what is best for their health. Sadly, this may not be the case since the Food and Drug Administration failed to recall dietary supplements with undisclosed pharmaceutical ingredients that could cause serious health repercussions for consumers.