Even with the benefit of hindsight, you look back on the decision to take a particular drug and you know that you would have made the same decision. You trusted the doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, or elsewhere in Cedar Rapids who prescribed the drug. That doctor acted reasonably and took into account all of the information that was available at the time the prescription was written.
But Things Don’t Always Stay the Same
Instead, as more people use a certain prescription medication additional side effects may become known to the public. Important safety information may be learned after the drug has entered the marketplace and after you have taken it to treat your condition. You can stay up to date about such changes by:
- Monitoring the FDA website. Information about recalls and warnings can be found on the site.
- Setting up a Google Alert or other notification. Just enter the medication’s name and any news related to the medication should be emailed to you.
- Keeping regular doctor’s appointments and asking questions. Ask your doctor to check for any safety updates or new guidelines prior to refilling your prescription.
Staying up to date on prescription drug safety information may help prevent you from suffering a serious side effect.
However, You Need to Know What to Do If You’re Hurt
The information may come too late. You may have already been hurt by an unsafe prescription drug. If this has happened to you then you need to know your rights. We encourage you to watch our free videos and to contact us directly to learn more.