One of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) responsibilities is to inspect domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture drugs distributed to pharmacies and stores here in this country. This is supposed to keep defective or contaminated drugs from ending up in consumers' hands. The significant amount of warnings, recalls and pharmaceutical injury lawsuits that have been filed in recent years shows that this must not be an effective approach though.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of additional lots of the blood pressure medication Losartan on March 15. In announcing the voluntary recall, federal regulators and Legacy Pharmaceuticals Packaging, LLC, the drug's manufacturer, said that it may have been contaminated by a cancer-causing chemical.
The drug manufacturer Tris-Pharma issued a recall of additional batches of infants' ibuprofen drops this past week. This marks the second over-the-counter pain reliever recall that has been issued by this company since November.
Pharmaceutical research and the prescription of medications for what ails a patient is big business in the United States. Each year millions of Americans suffering from a variety of conditions are prescribed drugs to treat what ails them. While they help many of them recover from an illness or manage a chronic health condition, you may wonder what role your pharmacy plays it getting you information about unsafe medications.
A study published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy in February of 2016 shed some light on some interesting on why medications and drugs get recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you watch television, then you're bound to have seen a commercial about some type of class-action lawsuit being filed against a pharmaceutical company. One of the primary reasons people join these types of mass lawsuits is to hold those responsible for manufacturing either drugs, vehicles or other consumer products accountable for injuries they've suffered from using them.
With all the stories we hear about people suffering from opioid addictions, most of us likely think that perhaps the most dangerous prescription medication on the market is OxyContin or some other related drug.
When it comes to prescription drugs, there's what's referred to as a "learned intermediary." Medications must be prescribed by a medical provider and/or dispensed by a pharmacist before they get into a patient's hands. Therefore, there are several individuals that bear the responsibility of advising a patient of the potential risks of taking it.
Current government estimates suggest that as many as 70 percent of all Americans take prescription drugs on a regular basis. As alarming as this number might sound, it's even more concerning when we take into account how the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has begun expediting the approval of prescription drugs in recent years.
As the number of Americans, including many here in Texas, who suffer from Type 2 diabetes grows, the pharmaceutical industry has tried to keep pace and provide medications to help control the condition. If you take any such medications, or any medications for chronic illnesses, you already know that most medications prescribe for them come with some pretty scary side effects.