Are Your Generic Medications Dangerous?
In 2013, it was proposed that the FDA impose regulations requiring the manufacturers of generic drugs to include warning labels regarding known side-effects. Since that time, a decision on the proposal has been delayed three times – the latest taking the recommendation into 2017, perhaps only to be delayed again.
Generic pharmaceutical manufacturers have long complained that this proposal may confuse patients who have not seen full risk disclosures on brand-name drugs. Statnews.com reports that the FDA believes this latest delay will give generic drug companies time to independently improve safety warnings before regulations demand they do so.
It may be nice for the manufacturers of generic medications to have a bit more time from a business standpoint, but for consumers, this lack of action is worrisome. As a patient, you have a right to be fully informed of all possible side-effects – no matter how uncommon – before beginning a medication. And as more insurance companies require generic prescriptions be used when available, any lack of transparency may place you in direct risk of serious or even fatal injury – all without your knowledge. When this happens, the New Hampshire dangerous medication attorneys at Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau are here to help.