There are prescriptions Medicare has approved for 2018 that are known to have fatal outcomes? The pharmaceutical companies that have created these medications have had one or more class action lawsuits filed against them for various deaths that occurred while on these prescriptions.
There are many different types of disabilities that people suffer from every day. Sometimes, the medications that are prescribed by our doctors have serious side-effects which can exacerbate our current medical conditions.
So why are we still prescribing medication that has been proven to end in fatalities? The answer is not always black and white and while there have been fatalities from the use of these medications a lot of people still benefit from them.
In most cases, it was a particular demographic of people that really had trouble handling these medications in their system.
Yet as you will see in this article that most of these pharmaceutical companies pushed their medications to the public BEFORE finishing clinical trials for people who were in those demographics.
The people who were in these demographics suffered the most from these medications:
- Children and Teens
- People with heart conditions
- Women who were pregnant
- People who suffered mental disorders
Some of the pharmaceutical companies even withheld knowledge from the public about the side-effects of their medication.
The reason being is because they knew that the major side-effects (especially long-term) would not be discovered for a few years.
By then, they have already made billions of dollars and can really afford the lawsuits (which most settled for millions).
Let’s take a deeper look into these medications and see what we can learn.
If you were going to the doctors in the early 2000’s for depression than you are more than likely familiar with a drug called Paxil (also known as paroxetine).
This drug was created by a company called GlaxoSmithKline’s. A company that has been hit with lawsuits and claims that their drug made patients more suicidal.
Worse is the fact that GlaxoSmithKline’s marketed this drug to the public as a non-habit-forming, non-addictive drug.
This could not have been further from the truth and in 2012 GlaxoSmithKline’s paid a total sum of $8.5 million dollars for misrepresentation of their medication.
The original lawsuit that really started to bring to light just how bad the withdrawal symptoms of Paxil came a few years earlier.
On August 19th, 2000 a Paxil withdrawal suit was filed by the citizens of California as a “Complaint for Injunctive Relief Under Business and Professions Code.”
But that did not slow the company down as they continued to market their prescription out to the public.
The only update was a new warning label on their bottles stating that this drug may have severe withdrawal symptoms.
Their next victims were our children. Doctor’s began prescribing this drug to Teens who were suffering from depression.
The medication ended up making teens more suicidal than they were before. One teen’s testimony on her experience with Paxil really says it all.
Yet today Paxil is still on the roster of medications that Medicare will cover for depression.
Tramadol, also known by the brand name Ultram, was a new revolutionary drug that was supposed to be a replacement for opiate painkillers.
This wonder drug was marketed out to the public as an “over the counter drug,” which made obtaining it much easier.
When this drug was released out to the public it was supposed to be a “safer alternative” to opiates.
This synthetic-opiate ended up having devastating effects on its users. Some of these effects included seizures, convolutions, and anaphylactoid reactions. Learn more here.
Just like with Paxil, the patients who took this drug ended up having severe withdrawal symptoms when going off the drug.
Patients reported suffering from anxiety, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, chills, hallucinations, and breathing problems when they stopped taking this medication.
When this drug was released in 1995, the trials were done with injections in comparison to morphine to assess the potential for abuse.
The finding concluded that Tramadol had a very low potential for abuse since the effects were comparable to the patients that were injected with a placebo.
Ultram went into manufacturing this medication in pill form for public use. What their study did not cover was trials in pill form and what they learned was Tramadol was far more potent in pill form than in injections.
People ended up becoming severely addicted to this medication just as they would have with Vicodin or other opiates.
With this medication being so easily accessible and overly prescribed to patients, hospitals starting filling up with patients who had overdosed on Tramadol.
These overdoses resulted in hundreds of people dying. In 2011 Florida alone reported 379 overdose deaths as a result of taking tramadol.
The DEA in 2014 listed Tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance. You now have to sign a controlled substance form with your doctor before being prescribed this medication, just like with any other opiate medication.
Have trouble sleeping. Ambien is here to the rescue. Or so we thought! Ambien is another dangerous drug that has made its way onto the list of prescriptions that Medicare has approved for 2018.
This drug is prescribed to adults who suffer from insomnia. The medication affects the patients’ brain giving them a “calming effect” that would allow the patient to sleep better.
What was not consider were the other side-effects that Ambien (generic name: zolpidem tartrate) was going to have on its patients’
These side-effects included memory-loss, impaired-vision, depression (suicidal thoughts), confusion, dizziness, addiction, and yes, even insomnia.
That is just a few of the side-effects Ambien had on its patients’. Here are some more side-effects of Ambien.
According to research findings in 2010 done by Researchers at Scripps Health in San Diego, California sleeping pills (such as Ambien and Restoril) may have contributed to 500,000 excess deaths in the United States.
Another research team said that the study was flawed due to the fact that you had to consider the cause of death.
While Ambien was not a direct cause of death, it did contribute to it in patients who already had high cholesterol, heart problems, obesity, and asthma.
Furthermore, Ambien has been linked to a number of problematic behavior. Most of which has either happened behind the wheel of a car or sleepwalking that results in injury.
Many people who get into a car accident while on Ambien say that they have no memory of even getting behind the wheel.
With no warning label on the bottle about this drug’s side-effects, many users of this prescription have suffered a great deal.
Originally prescribed for ADHD in children and adults and to help with narcolepsy, Adderall is another drug that has turned out to be deadly.
The FDA approved Adderall way back in the 1960’s. With the combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, this drug is classified as a central nervous system stimulant.
The drug started to really get rolling from 2002 to 2010 as ADHD medications were starting to be given to children on a regular basis.
For those years ADHD medications increased by 45 percent. Adderall was the second most prescribed ADHD medication during this time.
The drug was very good at its job. The person who took the drug could focus on task longer and not feel so antsy or get distracted as easily.
Adderall raises a person’s dopamine levels giving them a feeling of euphoria. It is also this reason why Adderall has become so dangerous to our youth.
Commonly referred to as “the smart pill” Adderall is used by college students as a study aid. The pill will allow you to stay up and stay focus and cram for that big test.
Plus, Adderall has also been known to suppress hunger and is viewed as a weight loss tool by many teens as well.
The problem is that Adderall is highly addictive and can easily be overdosed on. Some of the side-effects of Adderall include.
- Heart Attack
- Aggressive Behavior
- Sudden Death
This has lead to a higher percentage of teen-related deaths. From 1999 to 2015 we have seen death rates for psychostimulants quadruple due to overdoses.
Here is another scary anti-depressant that has been handed out like candy over the past 20 years.
Zoloft was created in the late 1970’s by Pfizer and approved by the FDA in 1991. Again, Zoloft really made it big on the scene in 2002 when it was approved for use by children and teens.
The drug was prescribed to children who suffered from severe obsessive-compulsion disorder.
But, as history seems to hold up in medication approval, not all of the side-effects were disclosed by Pfizer before approval.
In 2005, Zoloft updated its medication warning label to indicate that children and teens under that age of 18 taking this pill should be closely monitored as this medication may cause suicidal thoughts and behavior.
2007 Zoloft had to redo their warning label to include adults up to 24 years of age.
While they now included warning labels for children and young adults, they still did not disclose the other dangerous side-effects that this medication has.
Zoloft has been proven to be very fatal when taken by men. Especially in elderly men over 50 years of age or who have heart conditions.
The major side-effects of this medication did not just affect men, but pregnant women as well. Many women using this medication while pregnant ended up having babies with major birth defects.
Now the company has been facing big lawsuits since 2012 over the side-effects it has had on patients.
While these drugs do have a lot of benefits and help many people out every day there are still dangers in taking these drugs that we as the public need to be made more aware of.
Ever since the early 2000’s it seems like the FDA is approving drugs that have not fully be tested for every situation. The result has not been deadly for many.
What really gets to me is how easily some of these medications were approved for children. Now we face the consequences as we see more and more teens and young adults getting hooked on prescription drugs.
BEFORE TAKING ANY NEW PERSCRIPTION talk to your doctor about the side-effects that have been reported with use of the medication.
I would also do your own research to make sure that you do not fit any of the demographics of people who have used this medication and seen harmful results.