A recent study reveals that 14 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. are prescribed powerful painkillers by their doctors. The statistic is particularly unsettling because there is little research about the effects of narcotics on unborn children.
Ever wonder how millions of people can be exposed to the deadly side effects of a medication before they receive warning?
Many parents struggle with decisions concerning the vaccination of their baby. Over the past decade, studies have emerged showing that some infant vaccinations carry the risk of serious side effects. The new data puts parents in a difficult situation when deciding whether their child should receive a particular vaccination.
The Fentanyl patch is one of the most powerful painkillers on the market, so you'd think that product quality would be of utmost importance. Sadly, Fentanyl product-quality problems caused 802 serious adverse events in 2012 alone, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).
Ketamine is a commonly used anesthetic in pediatric operations, but it may be doing serious damage to young patients. According to a study published in Science Daily, children under age 3 who had lengthy exposure to ketamine during surgery displayed memory problems, learning disorders and behavioral issues once they reached school age.
Prescription painkiller addictions have quickly become a widespread problem in the U.S., a phenomenon that has been closely followed by officials and lawmakers. However, even after Michael Jackson's death, the prevalence of prescription painkiller overdoses hasn't gotten enough attention. An estimated 16,600 Americans died from prescribed painkiller overdoses in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently analyzed the history of women's medical products and found that women are disproportionately harmed by devices. The research is particularly unsettling because women in the modern era seem just as likely to be harmed by a dangerous medical device as women decades ago.
In 2003, a girl's parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn't all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.
Current rules greatly restrict an injured consumer's right to recover damages when a generic drug causes injury. Federal law requires generic drug labels to match the warnings of the name-brand drug, even if the generic manufacturer believes the label fails to sufficiently warn consumers about a risk.
You may have heard that grapefruit juice and medications can cause an adverse reaction, but the potential danger is probably greater than you think. Research shows that chemicals in grapefruit juice can temporarily eliminate the power of intestinal enzymes, causing a reaction that may essentially result in an overdose or underdose. The chemical properties of grapefruit juice have caused particular pharmaceutical drugs to have five times the potency of a normal dose.