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What are signs you're reacting badly to a drug?

Louisiana residents take medicine every day for a number of reasons, whether it's for short-term or long-term illnesses, for allergies, headaches, or other health-related issues. However, medications for both preventative and prescriptive reasons can have equally negative effects if they're not produced or sold correctly.

Packaging error prompts drug recall

When people in Louisiana think about a problem with a prescription medication, they might be most likely to think about adverse side effects or negative interactions with other medications. Other problems that come to mind might include being prescribed an incorrect dose or being given the wrong medication from a pharmacist or other health care professional.

When a pharmacy makes a mistake

While making mistakes is simply part of being human, there are some that are more mountainous than others. When an error happens in the medical industry, it can result in catastrophic health concerns. Louisiana patients place trust in the knowledge and experience of healthcare providers, no matter their specific field or level of experience. How often do pharmaceutical mistakes take place, and what happens when a professional's knowledge or experience turns out to be substandard? 

Are new medicines tested before their release?

When Louisiana residents take any sort of medication, you're putting your faith in the pharmaceutical industry and assuming that it's safe to take. Unfortunately, that might not always be the case. McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, injury attorneys, are here to represent people like you who may have been harmed by faulty medical equipment or defective drugs.

What are the signs of a bad reaction to medication?

Louisiana residents don't expect that they'll have a bad reaction to the medications that they are prescribed. However, unexpected, unpleasant, and potentially dangerous reactions are entirely possible. They can occur for many different reasons, ranging from previously unknown allergies to a bad or defective batch of medicine.

More on drug recalls

Recalled drugs have the potential to cause serious harm if used. The FDA identifies several kinds of defects giving rise to the recall of drugs. Some of these defects include lack of sterility, sub-potency, incorrect labeling, wrong ingredients or contamination with bacteria or some particulate matter. Other drugs are recalled because they have been unapproved as a new drug or contain undeclared drugs.

What makes a drug defective?

A pharmaceutical drug may be considered defective if its effects, manufacturing, labeling or inadequate warning has caused harm to a consumer. In Louisiana, a product liability case involving drugs may proceed under one of these theories or a combination of all of them. A drug may have harmful side effects that were  previously unknown or concealed. There may also have been issues with a drug’s manufacturing, which cause it to either be corrupted in its composition or otherwise contaminated or improperly packaged. If a drug’s labeling provides insufficient information or an inadequate warning, then use of the drug on that basis could cause harm. Instructions also may be deficient or incomplete and recommendations on the use of the drug could be incorrect.

Federal class action for prescription blood thinner

It is important for prescription drug users in Louisiana to be aware of the potential side effects of the medications they are taking and avoid dangerous interactions. Sometimes, however, patients are simply not given enough information to make an informed decision about whether or not to use a drug. In these cases, defective drug lawsuits can arise. Here is a rundown of the legal basis for these types of lawsuits and one current defective drug lawsuit that has the potential to affect many patients in the United States.

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