In Florida and throughout the nation, many people who suffer from various types of pain. Whether caused by a personal injury, an illness or a chronic medical condition, the fact remains that some people deal with physical pain on a daily basis. At times, some use medication to help alleviate their suffering. When medication has been taken by a person who then suffers ill-health due to the medication, there is sometimes the possibility that medical malpractice might be a factor in the situation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently stated that some pain killers pose a high risk of heart problems to those who consume them. In a recent update, the FDA upgraded the warning labels on certain prescription and non-prescription pain medications. Along with an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, the new labels state that those who take the pain killers are at risk for heart failure, as well.
Some of the medications included in the increased risk warnings were Naproxen and ibuprofen. A deputy director from the FDA’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products stated that the risk is incurred with even a single dose of the pain killers, though the risk increases as the dose increases. Further risks are said to be present for those who have already existing heart problems or who have had heart attacks in the past.
On occasion, medication is wrongly prescribed to patients who then suffer adverse effects because of the medical error. This can be grounds for medical malpractice, and those in Florida who believe that they have suffered similar circumstances might wish to consult a legal team to assess the viability of pursuing a legal claim against the party deemed at fault. A logical first step would be to meet with an attorney to discuss the details of an individual case and seek advice about what options are available and what steps may be appropriate given the circumstances.
Source: Time, “NSAIDS and Painkillers: How Safe Are They?“, Alexandra Sifferlin, Accessed on July 10, 2015