As more and more conditions are being managed by medications, patients across the country are relying on their doctors and pharmacists more than ever before. In 2010, Americans spent over $300 billion on prescription drugs. And as more drugs are dispensed, the number of so-called “adverse events” increases. In the past, I've blogged about pharmacy [...]
In the modern world of medical record keeping, enormous amounts of data are generated by family doctors and pharmacies in the course of caring for and treating their patients. These data can be analyzed for potential prescribing patterns of individual doctors, which is valuable information in the competitive world of drug marketing. In the process, [...]
Yesterday I wrote about how Michigan's one-of-a-kind FDA Immunity Law deprives victims of justice when they have been injured by defective drugs. This total absence of legal recourse has a broader impact than you might expect. According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, the law prevents the State of Michigan from recovering millions of dollars [...]
For years, Michigan has granted legal immunity to drug manufacturers whose drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If a drug is later found to have harmful, even fatal, side effects, the manufacturer cannot be held liable in this state. As a result, countless Michigan residents have been left without legal [...]
Recently I have been commenting on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its responsibility to protect consumers from unsafe health care products, including drugs. Last week, the FDA announced that it will remove approximately 500 untested prescription drugs from the market in an effort to enhance patient safety. The drugs are primarily for [...]
By now, most of you have probably heard about the tragic death of a two-year-old child due to a rare bacterial infection apparently caused by tainted Triad alcohol prep wipes. It is alarming that such a dangerous defect could escape the detection of a medical supply manufacturer. Even more troublesome are recent revelations that the [...]
With obesity on the rise in the U.S., the number of weight-related medical problems continues to grow. This is an important issue throughout the country, but Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom 10 states in the rate of obesity among its residents. Now, thanks to a recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration [...]
A Colorado woman has expressed fear over the health of her unborn baby in the wake of an egregious pharmacy error at a Safeway supermarket in the Denver area. The pharmacy mistakenly gave the woman the powerful drug methotrexate, rather than the simple antibiotic she was prescribed. Methotrexate is sometimes referred to as a “drug [...]
Prescription drugs are an extremely important part of many Americans' daily lives and can mean the difference between life and death.
When you hear commercials on television for prescription drugs, you might ignore the part describing the side effects associated with a medication.