Medication Resources - Recalls and Dangerous Side Effects
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, our Pennsylvania lawyers know that your safety, and your family's safety, is a top priority. If you can take action to prevent injuries or avoid tragedies, you want to do it.
It's not always possible to prevent dangerous side effects from taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication, especially if there hasn't been a recall or if the pharmaceutical company isn't aware of the drug's dangers.
However, there are ways to stay aware of medication risks, which is why our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania law firm has put together a list of useful resources and tips to help you and your family stay safe when taking medications.
Drug Recalls & Alerts
Check the following websites for more information on drug safety, recalls, news, and complaints:
- Drug Recalls – View the latest list of recalls from the Food and Drug Administration.
- Safety Alerts – Check to see if your medication has been recalled or has an associated safety alert.
- Drug Safety Communications – Get important drug safety information, including label updates, risks, drug interactions, and more.
- Consumer Reports – Get information and drug reports by condition and drug name, drug safety issues, off-label prescription uses, and more.
- Drug Information Online – Search for information on brand and generic medications, including common side effects and potentially serious medical complications.
- Vaccine Injuries - Find out more information about vaccine injuries, and a government program designed to help those injured by vaccines get the compensation they deserve—all without having to file a lawsuit or sue anyone.
Dangerous Drug Safety Tips & Injury Prevention
Here are a few tips to help avoid dangerous drug side effects or medical problems:
- Talk to your doctor before taking any medications, including vitamins or herbal supplements and over-the-counter painkillers. Your condition, or other medicines you currently take, could cause serious problems. Your doctor should be able to advise what to take and not take.
- Read all medication labels, including potential side effects, before taking an over-the-counter or prescription medicine.
- Take all medicines exactly as instructed on the label, unless prescribed otherwise by a physician.
- Be cautious with vitamins and dietary supplements. Many supplements, including those that promote weight loss, haven't been reviewed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They could cause serious problems if they interact with another medicine you take, or if your body responds badly to the supplement.
- Be aware. Refer to the websites above on how to stay up to date with drug information and safety alerts. Watching the news or reading online is helpful as well, because you're more likely to hear about an important drug recall.
- Even if a drug you're currently taking is recalled or is associated with serious side effects, talk to your doctor about your concerns. Don't just stop taking the drug, as that can lead to severe medical issues as well.
Hurt by a Dangerous Medicine? Find Out if You Have a Case
Even if you take every step to prevent dangerous side effects from a medication, problems can still arise. If you, or someone you love, became a victim of a dangerous drug, contact the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review.
Call 412-394-1000, or fill out the form at the top right of this webpage to get started. Our phones answer 24/7, and there's no obligation to use our services – so you have nothing to lose.
It's time to hold big pharmaceutical companies responsible for producing dangerous medications. Contact us today, before it's too late and more people suffer due to the same medicine.