People these days tend to assume that they are more informed than they were in the past. The Internet has made it easy and fast to get information. Medications are one of the things that we still need to take the extra step and ask hard questions about. In order to protect yourself, it is always important to talk to your doctor before starting a new prescription or medication, and to check in regularly to make sure you have the latest information available.
It is no secret that the pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2015, prescription sales exceeded $424 billion in the United States alone. That doesn’t mean that they are safe, though. As of May 15, 2017, there were 27 lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies that were pending in the federal court. That means there were more than 28,800 people who claim they were injured by their prescriptions. Given these figures, it’s more important than ever to do your own research and to stay up to date on the drugs you are taking.
Each day, you could be putting yourself at risk of becoming harmed by your prescriptions simply by not having all of the information. Not all prescriptions are bad, and not all prescriptions are good. A prescription that is good for one person may not be good for another. Together, you and your doctor should make an informed decision that best meets your individual needs. In order to do that, you must make sure that each of your doctors is aware of the prescriptions you are taking, especially if they were not prescribed by that doctor. Unexpected drug interactions are one of the leading causes of prescription related side-effects, so make sure information is shared between all your treating physicians.
In short, do not be afraid to ask your physicians and health care providers about potential side effects and potential drug interactions. Although it’s not always the easiest subject to bring up, you will be grateful for the information you learn. There are tens of thousands of people all over the nation who are advocating for themselves or advocating for a loved one. All of these people have been damaged in some way, some irreparably. Remember, you know yourself best, so you are your own best advocate.
Ventura Law has been helping accident victims throughout the state of Connecticut for more than 55 years. With its main office locations in Danbury and Bridgeport, Connecticut, Ventura Law focuses on personal injury claims, motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents and workers’ compensation, mass torts and complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
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