Two important diabetes drugs, already associated with heightened heart-risk problems, face new questions as studies show they may lead to yet another personal injury as it causes bone fractures. If prescriptions that are supposed to cure one ailment lead to a more significant personal injury, who then is held responsible for the injuries they cause to patient?
This firm’s San Diego personal injury attorneys specialize in pharmaceutical liability and they believe that the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals need to speak up if any harmful side effect or pain and suffering is linked their drug.
After numerous studies it has been found that the medicines Avandia and Actos may increase a patient’s risk of bone fractures by 43%. Avandia has been linked to fracture concerns for two years, but the new study found that patients using its rival, Actos, are equally at risk. Women who use either of these two diabetes drugs are twice as likely to suffer fractures as men, the research showed.
The drugs, which constitute a class called, thiazolidinedione’s which are used as an adjunctive therapy for diabetes, reach about four million patients in the U.S. annually. These drugs have been dogged by worries of heart-failure risks, but doctors suggest new problems might trump old ones.
“This is a serious risk for diabetes patients,” said Medco’s Merri Pendergrass, who initiated the study. Diabetics are already prone to more fractures, as are postmenopausal women. “This is a clinical problem because doctors need to know what to give their patients with diabetes, and what risks to weigh,” said Dr. Pendergrass, who was formerly director of diabetes practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Our firm’s personal injury lawyers in San Diego wonder about the potential personal injuries that are yet to be linked to this drug. If a loved one or you experience any sort of pain and suffering after taking a prescription drug, then the drug makers need to help you in covering the cost of your medical treatments so that you can get better.
We urge everyone to thoroughly research drugs, read their warning labels and then determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks forany potential pharmaceutical liability associations before giving them to your family.
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