The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with overseeing the safety of a number of products. However, its authority isn't as great as many Americans assume it is -- and as some lawmakers would like it to be.
When you are prescribed medications or opt to use over-the-counter drugs, you expect that they are safe for consumption. Unfortunately, drug recalls are commonplace these days. While many drug recalls are for reasons that wouldn't lead to actual consumer harm, there are others that can quickly turn deadly. It is imperative that anyone who takes medications of any sort keeps an eye out for recalls of the products they take.
It can be frightening to learn that a medication that you or a loved one is taking has been recalled. Often, a manufacturer recalls a product at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2018, according to the FDA, 126 drugs were recalled.
Patients who get prescription drugs need to ensure that they are taking them correctly or they risk facing harm. But what happens if they don't get the correct drugs or receive an incorrect dosage? In this case, they might think that they are taking the medications correctly when they really aren't. This can lead to harm.
Bayer AG has so far lost three court cases in the U.S. brought by plaintiffs who claim that its popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer. The German company has appealed the court decisions, and continues to assert that the product is safe for people to use. However, it's currently facing over 18,000 legal claims.
Ranitidine is the generic name for the heartburn medication Zantac. Concerns over a potentially cancer-causing ingredient contained in the pills has prompted several manufacturers to recall generic ranitidine from the shelves of retailers like Walmart, Rite Aid and Walgreens across the country, including in Louisiana.
Most people in Louisiana have heard reports about the tragic epidemic related to opioid addiction and abuse that the country has been facing in the recent years. Many people may well have even known a person who has become addicted to these drugs after being prescribed their use by a medical professional. The pain and suffering that numerous families have endured due to the actions of the drug companies is endless.
Taking certain medications in Louisiana to treat digestive conditions and/or psychosis could put you at risk of developing a disorder of the nervous system called tardive dyskinesia. This condition causes uncontrolled, repetitive movements. Effective treatment of tardive dyskinesia requires swift diagnosis. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, diagnosis of tardive dyskinesia involves assessing the timing of your symptoms relative to your use of the medication and ruling out other conditions that could produce similar symptoms.
A number of medications that you may be taking in Louisiana may produce a side effect of drug-induced movement disorders. One of these is tardive dyskinesia. It is different from similar conditions in that most other drug-induced movement disorders manifest quickly and resolve themselves once you stop taking the medication. Tardive dyskinesia is different because the symptoms do not always show up right away. In fact, they may not occur until after you stop taking the medication. That is where the term "tardive" comes from; it derives from a Latin word meaning late or delayed.
If you are like a lot of people in Louisiana, when you think about medical errors related to pharmaceutical drugs, you might initially think about being given the wrong medication or an incorrect dose of a medication. These are some examples of drug errors than can harm patients. However, there are also errors that may begin far before a medication ever makes it to a pharmacy or to your home.