Wikipedia May Prove to be a Poor Source for Drug Safety Warnings

According to a report published in the June 2014 New England Journal of Medicine, Wikipedia entries regarding the safety and efficacy of a number of medications are either out of date, incomplete, or simply misleading. The repost found that despite these inaccuracies, Wikipedia is the most commonly consulted online healthcare resource globally.

The authors of this report looked at millions of Google searches following new FDA warnings about the side-effects of 22 medications. In 41% of cases, Wikipedia pages were updated within two weeks to include new safety warnings. In 23% of these cases, Wikipedia entries were updated more than two weeks after FDA warnings were announced. Tragically, 36% of the pages regarding these medications had still not been updated one year after warnings were announced.

Are the manufacturers of potentially deadly medications liable for updating their Wikipedia entries? This is a question that has sparked a considerable amount of debate. However, the manufacturers of dangerous medications are liable for injuries their products cause, and the product liability attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss are prepared to take your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our Vermont personal injury attorneys, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today. We fight for victims of defective and dangerous medications throughout Vermont from our offices in Orford and Concord, New Hampshire.


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