Prescription drug companies make marketing a huge part of their budget. They frequently pitch new drugs to doctors to increase prescriptions and sales. This marketing strategy is not a new practice, but it has increased in recent years.
However, what may be the real problem is that doctors are not informed about the potential side effects of the drugs that they are prescribing. They may not realize that the side effects can be more dangerous than the condition that the drug is attempting to prevent.
Prescription Drug Research
Prescription drugs are supposed to be thoroughly tested and researched before introduction into the marketplace. Unfortunately, some of the testing that takes place is occasionally questioned because the prescription drug company is often the one funding the research.
In fact, roughly 80 percent of research related to new drugs has some industry connection, including outright sponsorship. This relationship causes problems with potential bias or invalidity. It also could create a conflict of interest, and may encourage unethical conduct.
Trials are particularly important in prescription drug research. It is in the trials that side effects are discovered, and researchers determine just how well a particular drug works. In some cases, however, the full results of the trials are not readily available. They may only be available when requested by the authorities. Shockingly, the authorities can choose not request or review the information, and they occasionally do not examine the full statistics at all before a drug is approved.
This failure in oversight can create serious prescription drug dangers and additional concerns about defective prescription drugs. Drugs are being recalled at an alarming rate in recent years. Perhaps this potentially biased or invalid testing is partly to blame.
Getting the Right Information About Prescription Drug Dangers
Because doctors often get their information about new prescriptions directly from the drug manufacturer, they may be misled about how effective a drug may be or what it should be used to treat. Doctors may also be too quick to prescribe medications in some situations, or prescribe higher dosages than they should.
Narcotic painkillers are a commonly over-prescribed medication, but they are definitely not the only drug that doctors may be handing out too freely. Limited time and requests from patients for medication likely contribute to this pattern.
Questioning your doctor may be difficult. However, if you feel that you have been given a prescription that is making you feel worse, or if the side effects are outweighing the benefits, then talk to your doctor about making a change. You may also have a legal case based on a prescription drug defect as well. Call our legal helpline 24 hours a day at 877-810-4067 or use the form above to find an attorney near you.