Whether they live in Ohio or anywhere else in the nation, patients have no choice but to trust that they have been given all the facts when a doctor prescribes a medication. Many prescriptions drugs have dangerous side effects or potential hazards, so it's important for a patient to be aware of these before he or she decides whether to even take the drug. In a recent case of pharmaceutical litigation in another state, however, a family is suing for damages after a man's prescription medication resulted in numerous medical problems for his wife and children.
Yet again, the Johnson & Johnson company finds itself embroiled in a new slew of lawsuits on both state and federal levels. This latest round of pharmaceutical litigation involves a drug known as Xarelto, marketed as an alternative to the anticoagulant Coumadin. All of the suits against the company and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals involve severe internal bleeding – sometimes fatal – from patients who took the prescription medication. Residents of Ohio may want to familiarize themselves with the possible risks of taking this popular – but potentially deadly – medication.
If Ohio is like the rest of the nation, many of its residents are on at least one prescription medication. Millions of people across the United States rely on their pharmacists to get them the medication they need. However, in a recent case of pharmaceutical litigation, a woman in another state is claiming that just the opposite occurred.
Male-pattern hair loss is, admittedly, a cosmetic issue, but for the men who suffer from it in Ohio and across the nation, it may bother them enough that they contact their doctor about possible ways to combat it. Few, however, would likely be willing to sacrifice their health for the sake of their hair. Now, though, the manufacturer of a drug commonly used to combat male-pattern baldness is facing pharmaceutical litigation due to the medication's potential side effects.
Parents in Ohio should be aware of a dangerous homeopathic baby product made by the Hyland company. After over 400 reports of sick and dead infants linked to a homeopathic teething remedy, the Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation into the product. The FDA confirmed recently that the product did, in fact, contain elevated levels of belladonna, a toxic substance.
It is widely known in Ohio that some drugs should not be taken alongside other drugs. This situation is known as contraindication, and it can lead to drug injuries that can sometimes be deadly. When one prescription drug is contraindicated with another, a pharmacist should alert the patient before filling the prescription. The pharmacist should also contact the prescribing doctor to see if he or she is aware of the contraindication. However, a recent study shows that this rarely happens.
People in Ohio suffering from depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder frequently seek help for their symptoms, especially if those symptoms prevent them from living a normal life. However, when taking the treatment risks adding even more complications to their behavior, they depend on drug companies to disclose that possibility. One company is facing potentially thousands of cases of pharmaceutical litigation because it failed to alert doctors and patients of possible side effects that jeopardized their quality of life.
Unlike the makers of pharmaceutical drugs, those who manufacture medical devices apparently receive little oversight. Some critics report that the few rules the FDA issues to device manufacturers are often ignored with impunity. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has re-assessed its own policies for evaluating medical devices. Unless changes are made, some fear that patients in Ohio and elsewhere may be at risk when those devices are used as part of their medical treatment.
People in Ohio and across the country have been indoctrinated to read labels. They are told that labels on everything from cereal to cigarettes contain important information to help them make educated choices. However, the Food and Drug Administration is following the money trail after a leading pharmaceutical company petitioned to have serious warnings removed from the labels of one of its products. Consumers may now suspect that once trustworthy labels may not be entirely truthful.
People suffering from chronic conditions may be excited to learn of a new product that offers relief. After hearing that the medical device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they may feel confident that the product is safe. However, each year consumers in Ohio hear reports of FDA approved medical products that have caused deaths. Even more disturbing is that sometimes thousands of people become victims of these defective devices before changes are made.