Every prescription drug issued by a doctor in West Virginia is labeled with a list of potential side effects and risks for drug interactions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires strict prescription drug labeling so that consumers are protected from injury or even death. Although mislabeling issues have been the root of some personal injury lawsuits against drug companies, more recent cases are stemming from drug contamination and harmful side effects not reported (or known) by drug companies. Cases involving popular prescriptions such as Fentanyl, Reglan, Seroquel, Levaquin, Paxil, Yasmin and Heparin have been widely litigated and publicized.
The Heparin Contamination of 2008
It’s not just the interactions or side effects of prescription drugs that consumers have to worry about anymore. Sometimes, the drugs themselves are tainted. As an example, a mass supply of the blood-thinner Heparin (made by Baxter Health Corporation) was contaminated in 2008. Made in China and shipped to the United States, multi-dose and single-dose vials were recalled because they contained an unknown contaminant. Heparin was already associated with serious injuries and deaths when used as prescribed, so this contamination only caused more controversy. In late 2009, the FDA required new labeling for Heparin:
Pay Attention to Side Effects
It’s important to recognize when a prescription is not having a positive effect on your system. Some people go on taking prescriptions, despite changes in their health condition, simply because their doctor told them to take the drugs. Others don’t pay attention to headaches, ringing in the ears, elevated blood pressure and other seemingly less serious side effects until it’s too late. If you or someone you love has been injured by prescription drug contamination, mislabeling or side effects, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.