December 31, 2012
While taking generic medications may prove to be a cost effective way to get patients the drugs they need, a new study points out using these products may present patients with certain risks. An article from Eyewitness 3 News highlights these dangers and also discussed what is being suggested to eliminate the problems.
The new study, conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine, found more than two-thirds of generic medications have safety warning labels that differ from their brand-name counterparts, despite regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that requires generic and brand-name drugs to share the same labels.
The study took into consideration more than 9,000 labels from approximately 1,500 medications and found that more than 1,000 generic drugs had incorrect safety labels. Experts say these label mistakes can lead to misuse of medications, which is known to cause thousands of Drug Injuries each year. Some of the mistakes on the labels included:
Researchers say the most direct solution to the problem may be to centralize the listing for drug side effects and to create a standardized warning label for all mediations, rather than depending on manufacturer labels.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers suggest researching the risks involved with taking a medication and discussing any concerns you may have with your physician before taking your first dose.