A few months ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled several generic blood pressure medications manufactured by Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Since then, over 104 lots of valsartan tablets and valsartan-combo tablets have been recalled. Regulators have found that the often-prescribed heart drug actually contains a carcinogen.
Have you been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Millions of people have been diagnosed by their doctors with ADHD. The thing is, this medical condition doesn't have a "test," per se. You can't take a blood exam to definitively know if you have this illness. Nevertheless, by asking a few questions, your doctor may decide to prescribe you medicine — a highly addictive drug — to improve your condition.
If you were asked why people die from taking prescription drugs, you'd likely say it's because they take them differently from how they're prescribed or take something that was for someone else. That's often not the case though. Many individuals either become injured or die by taking medications exactly as prescribed by their doctors. Those who do either become addicted or have an adverse side effect to them.
Some health care watchdog groups are concerned about how the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recently started releasing potentially dangerous drugs on the market. Two of the drugs that have recently been fast tracked include the gout medication Uloric and one for Parkinson's named Nuplazid. Both have been criticized for causing significant side effects.
Doctors often warn patients about the potential adverse side effects of taking certain medications that they prescribe along with certain foods or beverages or prior to engaging in certain activities.
Some 70 percent of all Americans take prescription drugs on a daily basis. At least 50 percent take at least two. Many patients trust their doctors or pharmacists to tell warn them about potential side effects of taking a drug, including mixing it with other medications, drinking or driving. These professionals, however, rarely warn about the implications of consuming these drugs alongside certain foods. By not doing so, patients are put at risk for suffering serious injuries or death.
Billions of dollars are spent on medical research every year in the United States and abroad. For the most part, the knowledge that's come out this research has made it possible for medications to be developed that have allowed countless individuals to live both longer and more fulfilling lives. For some people taking prescription drugs, however, they experience either complications or death instead of benefits.
It is safe to say that all cancer patients want to survive and go on living after their ordeal. Chemotherapy is a well-known treatment for all types of cancer. Most patients are aware that they may experience some unpleasant side effects while undergoing chemotherapy, but the ray of light at the end is that these side effects are usually only temporary.
President Trump has recently been pressuring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up the drug approval process so that critically ill patients will be given a better chance to survive. His opponents argue that speeding up the drug approval process may be far less beneficial for patients and could cause significant harm instead.
Each day, another woman's story emerges about Essure, a once popular type of sterilization coil not just in the United States, but across the world. Just in the first quarter of 2017 alone, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already been bombarded with some 2,000 claims of Essure complications. There have been a reported 9,000 removals of the coil since 2009.