Even though the possible side effects for a drug are listed on a leaflet, many problems may occur after a medication hits the market. According to the article “Is Your Medication Making You Sick” by the Huffington Post, during 2008 to 2012, there was a 90 percent increase in the number of adverse drug incident reports due to new drugs that come onto the market.
There are three resources to help consumers stay informed about the side effects of taking particular medications:
- AdverseEvents.com is a website that the Huffington Post states is “like Yelp for Rx drugs.” The database contains over 5.6 million reports by doctors, pharmacists, and patients sent to the FDA.
- PocketPharmacist is an app that will list the dangerous side-effects of drug interactions when drugs are mixed. The app is updated regularly to help consumers stay up-to-date on the latest negative reactions.
- MedWatcher is an app online that allows consumers to sign up for alerts that will be texted to cell phones. The alerts are pulled from FDA reports and social media featuring new drug safety information.
Medications that are designed to help treat one problem may be causing another. These three resources provide ways to stay updated on the latest drug news, interactions, and possible side effects.
If you have sustained serious injuries or illnesses from a defective product, or were not warned about a dangerous medicine’s side effects, product liability lawyers at Burnetti, PA may be able to help. Visit https://www.burnetti.com to fill out a free case evaluation or call 1-888-BURNETTI for more information.