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In a world of medication errors, who can patients trust?

It is a widely held belief that doctors generally know best -- this mentality can extend to the pharmacy industry, as well. After all, one of the primary duties of medical professionals is to ensure wellbeing and good health for all Texans. Even with the comfort of expertise, are doctors and pharmacists as reliable as patients would like to believe?

The chain of responsibility for your medication

When an advertisement for a medication comes on television, you may have noticed that the disclaimer at the end includes a long list of possibly alarming side effects. However, when you go to the doctor and a drug is recommended, these issues may seem less important compared to the ways the prescription may improve your health. We at The Leigh Law Firm understand that all medications have the potential for harm, and manufacturers, doctors and pharmacists have a responsibility to make sure you know what this includes.

Understanding drug recall classifications

Residents of The Woodlands rely on various forms of prescription and over-the-counter medications for relief from all manner of health concerns. Very rarely may they view such drugs as presenting the potential for harm. Yet every year, prescription drugs are recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In fact, the number of drug recalls issued annually has been increasing in recent years. According to information shared by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, the average number of Class I, II and III drug recalls in the U.S. from 2009-2013 was 42.4, 373.6 and 99.6, respectively. Those numbers were a significant increase from the averages of 9.8, 100.2 and 62.8 seen for the same classes from 2004-2008.