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    HomeNews & ArticlesThe Unintended Consequences of Prescription Medication
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    The Unintended Consequences of Prescription Medication

    July 3, 2015  |  By:  Oatley Vigmond

    Despite Health Canada regulations, there are many people taking prescription medication that produces side effects more severe than the condition the prescription intends to treat. This is because medications can be broadly released, sometimes on a rush basis, prior to the completion of proper testing.

    While many drugs are recalled with little to no fanfare after testing or consumer complaints reveal an unintended consequence, others remain on the shelf exposing thousands to unknown risks. Most famously, the manufacturer of Vioxx settled the claims of 50,000 people who had suffered a heart attack or stroke after taking this painkilling medication.

    Drug manufacturers have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their products before making them available for public consumption. They are also under a duty to warn the public of any risks associated with taking a drug for as long as it remains available.

    With a recent survey finding that over two out of every five Canadians take some form of prescription medications, the failure to advise of an unknown risk can lead to profound consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from a prescription drug a personal injury lawyer can help determine if you are entitled to a legal claim to recover the damages you have suffered.


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