Side effects are any unwanted or unexpected effects after taking a prescription drug. While all drugs come with side effects, most are minor and are significantly outweighed by the drug’s benefits. Unfortunately, in some cases, in a rush to market, some drugs can have devastating side effects causing major health consequences, including death. For example, in the Belviq class action lawsuit, Belviq was a popular prescription weight-loss drug until a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety trial concluded that the drug could increase the risk of several different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. As a result, the FDA issued a full Belviq recall in February 2020 and as a result, numerous Belviq lawsuits have been filed including a Belviq class action lawsuit. Similarly, in the Meridia lawsuit, involving another weight loss drug, Meridia was taken off the market because of the seriousness of the Meridia side effects including the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
TYPES OF SIDE EFFECTS
The most common side effects people report to taking prescription drugs include:
However, more serios side effects that could be fatal include:
For example, in the Xeljanz lawsuits it is allege people suffered serious Xeljanz Side Effects including blood clots, in the lungs, heart attacks, strokes, breast and colon cancer, and other severe health problems. The Actemra lawsuit alleges the drug for rheumatoid arthritis cases serios Acatemra side effects including heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and interstitial lung disease. The Tasigna lawsuit alleges a prescription medication used to treat chronic myeloid leukaemia causes serious Tasigna side effects including heart or circulation problems (including complications like blocked arteries, heart attacks, or strokes).
A possible side effect for all pregnant women taking prescription drugs is having a baby with birth defects. Therefore, Pregnant women should always speak to their health care provider about any prescription drugs or supplements before taking them.
THE FDA’S FUNCTION RELATED TO SIDE EFFECTS
A drug must be approved by the FDA before it can be put on the market. Any New Drug Applications (NDAs) submitted by pharmaceutical companies must provide evidence that the drug has its intended effect and is safe. Evidence comes from testing the drug, first in animals and then in humans. Once the drug is determined safe and efficient, it will be approved by the FDA if it deems that its benefits outweigh its risks.
Nevertheless, in some instances a drug’s side effects will not show up until after the medication enters the marketplace and more people start using it. MedWatch is the FDA’s post-marketing surveillance program which seeks voluntary input, mainly from health care professionals, on unwanted effects they see every day. If these reports are numerous or serious enough, the FDA will take regulatory action such as requiring the manufacturer to add warnings to a drug’s label.
Additionally, The FDA also wants input from consumers. Prescription drugs must have s label that contains a toll-free number the agency has for letting it know about side effects with prescription drugs, referred to as "adverse events." Consumers can report severe side effects by call MedWatch at 1-800-FDA-1088 or by reporting serious problems to the FDA on its website.
Sometimes, the FDA approved the new drug but have certain reservations about the drug and order the manufacture to perform a post-marketing study. If the post-marketing study comes back with new or severe side effects it will take action. For example, in both the Kombiglyze XR Lawsuit and the Onglyza Lawsuit, the FDA ordered safety warning be pot on all Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR bottles that the drugs could result in cardiovascular injury after the manufacturers’ post-marketing study revealed the cardiovascular side effects, among others. If you suffered Kombiglyze XR side effects or Onglyza side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact class action and products liability Timothy L. Miles today for a free case evaluation.
Most prescription drug side effects are minor and wear off over time. However, some side effects can be very dangerous, even life threatening. If you suffered Actemra side effects, Tasigna side effects, Kombiglyze XR side effects or Onglyza side effects or any serious side effect from any prescription drug, contact Nashville attorney Timothy L. Miles today.
TIMOTHY L. MILES, ESQ.
imothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder and consumer rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recently selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2023 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2023 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2023 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more.
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