Dangerous drugs infect patient safety

When we go to the doctor with an injury or illness, we often receive some medication to alleviate the symptoms and help us feel better. In most cases, that is exactly what happens. However, in too many situations, taking a doctor-prescribed drug only makes matters worse.

This can happen if a drug is defective or if it is dangerous and consumers are not properly warned about the potential risks. For instance, fluoroquinolones have come under fire thanks to numerous complaints that they can and do lead to catastrophic conditions that are far worse than the symptoms they are supposed to treat.

In response to these claims, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it was requiring drug makers to change the labels on fluoroquinolones to better inform consumers and medical workers of the serious risks associated with taking these drugs.

Patients are prescribed fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox, for a number of different types of infections like bronchitis and sinusitis. However, the drug has the potential to cause severe damage to a person's central nervous system. It can result in extreme pain and even disability. Because of this, it is recommended that it not be prescribed when alternative options are available. If the drug is given to a patient, it is crucial that the patient and his or her doctor are aware of the risks, which should be much easier with the improved labeling requirements.

Hopefully, these changes will protect patients from suffering the devastating conditions this drug can cause. Unfortunately, these changes come too late to help the people who have already had their lives turned upside down as a result of this dangerous drug.

However, victims of this and any other dangerous drug have the right to hold accountable the party who was responsible for any injury or illness caused by the drug. This could include the drug manufacturer, a doctor or other parties responsible for releasing and/or prescribing an unsafe product.

Filing a legal claim can't undo the damage done by a harmful drug, but it can help victims and their families collect the compensation they deserve and need to recover. Further, lawsuits can spark wider action, like improving labeling requirements or issuing a recall to protect others from the devastating consequences of taking a dangerous drug.

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