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Do we medicate "at our own risk" or should drug companies be able to be held accountable for injuries sustained from the use of their products?

What if it's an injury to a child or some other person who is unable to authorize the use of such drug on them?

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 7:04 PM on Mar. 4, 2011 in Health

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  • Okay, so if it was a drug that the parents consented for, would they be held accountable also?  This is just a question.  Yes, I think the companies should be held accountable.

    MrsHouston47302

    Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 7:22 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • If the injury was in direct correlation to negligence on the companies side, then yes. However if a child has a side effect from a drug, no. Parents need to be informed consumers, this includes drugs.
    daughteroftruth

    Answer by daughteroftruth at 7:28 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • different medications can cause different issues depending on the person taking them. In 2000, Dimetapp was taken off the shelf because it contained phenylpropanolamine and it was discovered that it could cause an increase in the risk for stroke. Prior to that, it was on the market for decades. The 'increase risk' was to about 1 in 10,000 individuals.
    Shortly afterward, there were commericials on TV stating "if you or a loved one has suffered a stroke as a result of taking phenylpropanolamine, contact our law offices at..."
    This was not due to any negligence of the manufacturer, but due to better technology.
    There is a risk to any medications that are taken. No one knows how their body will respond. Any time you take a medication you need to weigh the risk of the medication to the benefits.
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    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 8:48 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • If the drug company knew that their drug caused injury to even a few people and did not make that known--then they should be somewhat liable
    If the drug company knew and let it be known and the people decided to take the drug anyway--then they should not be liable.
    But ultimately, we need to understand that everything that enters our body could cause a risk. Heck, some people have severe reactions to bee stings. Are we going to demand our weight in honey if a loved one suffers a fatal or severe 'injury' from the bees?
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 8:50 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

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