Important Information About Medical Drugs
Every year billions of people are prescribed prescription medication. They put their trust in this medicine as well as the doctors. Thousands of people are injured every year by these dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
The FDA mandates that pharmaceutical companies take measures to ensure their medications are safe. All drugs must go through clinical trials to make sure they are safe and see if there are any side effects. If side effects are found patients must be informed before using this type of medication.
While this system was designed for safety it is not perfect. Every year medication hits the market that can cause serious harm to a person. The FDA puts a Black Box warning on these products to inform the consumer they have caused life threatening side effects. If the medication is very harmful the FDA may remove it from the market.
Defective Medical Devices
Medical devices including transvaginal mesh, metal hip implants, defibrillators, and other devices have harmed patients. Many of these devices did not go through the trial process before hitting the market for medical professionals. There were defects in the design and other problems that put a patient at risk.
Now medical devices must be cleared through the 510k program ran by the FDA. This program will avoid human trials if there is a similar product already on the market. This program may be flawed and the FDA is looking for way to safely test these devices before they are put on the market.
Every year patients are injured by medication or defective medical devices. While the FDA does try to keep people safe they are not perfect. Any signs of pain or discomfort should be reported to a doctor right away.
See Drug Recalls for more information.