When a Kentucky doctor prescribes a medication to their patient, they make an educated decision to treat the patient’s ailment with the selected pharmaceutical. In their best estimation, the doctor believes that the selected drug will remedy the patient’s health problems. Some prescription medications carry with them known side effects, and, when making a drug selection, a doctor may elect to prescribe a drug with side effects if the benefits outweigh the potential for harm to the patient.
However, some drugs are so dangerous that they should not be prescribed to any patient. When a drug presents fatal or potentially fatal side effects, it may be removed from distribution and no longer used by individuals who require prescriptions. The remainder of this post will discuss several of the ways that unsafe prescription drugs may be deemed dangerous and taken out of the stream of commerce.
A drug may be deemed dangerous if, as mentioned above, it may subject users to fatal side effects. A drug that does more harm than good is not a safe treatment option for patients and, therefore, may be pulled from use.
Also, a drug may be determined dangerous if it can cause patients serious harm when taken with other prescription drugs. Drug manufacturers must test and evaluate the safety of new prescriptions for years before releasing them, but, from time to time, a drug may be offered that could harm patients if it is taken with other prescribed pharmaceuticals.
Finally, drugs can suffer from major defects if their packaging or labeling is poorly done. A prescription that is erroneously measured and labeled could be fatal to a patient if they take too much of the drug based on the label and suffer an overdose. These are only a few of the ways in which a drug may be pulled from use. Victims of prescription drug losses may have rights to compensation for the suffering they have had to endure.
If you or a loved one have been injured from dangerous drugs, speak with a Kentucky products liability attorney for legal help.