“All Natural” Drug Anything But All Natural
A Florida man recently received a four-year prison sentence for distributing diet pills as ‘all natural’ diet supplements that actually were made with a prescription weight loss drug that had been taken off the market years earlier due to its link to risks of heart attacks and strokes. For people who subscribe to a healthy lifestyle and strive to use only natural supplements and remedies, this type of misrepresentation could be devastating – as well as potentially deadly.
Medications – The Benefits And Risks
While stories such as these highlight the dangers of taking medications that are sold and distributed under false pretenses, even legitimately prepared and prescribed medications come with inherent risks. We are all familiar with those television commercials touting the benefits of the latest and greatest drug to combat our high blood pressure, anxiety, or other health issue, but we also need to pay attention to that long list of possible side effects that these prescriptions ‘may’ cause. The list of adverse events often continues on for longer than it takes to state the positive effects of the medication, but we do not always keep these in mind when the medications are prescribed, as we assume that our health care professionals would only give us something to help us – not potentially make things worse.
Medical Professionals Make Mistakes Too
Doctors are charged with doing no harm – but mistakes do happen. Prescription errors are just one of the areas in which medical malpractice may occur. It is imperative that doctors know your full medical history prior to prescribing any drug so that they can make a determination about the possibility of drug interactions or a new drug’s effect on existing medical conditions. Florida Code Section 766.102 states that the claimant in a medical malpractice case must prove that their injuries were the result of their health care provider’s negligence and that their actions were a breach of the professional standard of care expected of him or her. A medical provider’s failure to take into consideration a patient’s medical history when prescribing medications may easily be a negligent act that falls into the category of medical malpractice if the claimant can prove that the actions failed to meet the standard of care.
We Can Assist You Today
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, the medical malpractice attorneys at Boone & Davis can help you recover for your injuries. With years of experience handling medical malpractice cases of all types, our seasoned professionals know how to carefully analyze the facts at issue and prepare your case for success in the legal system. We work with an extensive network of medical experts who are able to help develop the evidence in your case and provide the expert testimony necessary to successfully get you the results you deserve. The law limits the time you have to file your medical malpractice case; contact Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale to schedule your no cost, no obligation consultation – reach us online or by phone at 954.556.5260 today.