How many commercials have come across the television screen showing us how millions of people have been through unthinkable suffering due to modern medicine, and asking us if we have ever taken X, Y and Z. The valuable lessons that society seems to learn about side effects and risk involved has too often come around after it is too late.
For a good part of my life I have dismissed these television commercials as something intended for an audience other than me. Many Americans have the same attitude that I used to have – that whatever traits reside in the person who picks up the phone upon viewing the side effects and drug recalls listed on the screen, those traits must be completely alien from one’s own.
The fact remains that not just a certain kind of person can get burned by pharmaceutical companies. The side effects of many medicines can be unknown, ignored, or just swept under the rug so that the drug can be put on the market.
The most troubling lawsuits today are those which affect countless victims due to negligence on the drug company’s part, unreasonable risk, and side effects that the consumer was just not warned about.
More accountability must be placed on the individual for knowing the risks of their choices to take certain drugs, but also on society for enabling the current state of affairs to be as it is. What sort of world have we created that allows dangerous drug companies to ruin lives and consequently receive fiscal spankings? Are lessons being learned, and if so, what are they?
Remember the meningitis outbreak?
Many people received steroid shots in 2012 that were infected with fungal meningitis, causing death and disability. The contaminated steroid injections came from Massachusetts and were shipped out all over the US to relieve lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune conditions.
The contaminated medicine was recalled in October 2012, but it was too late. According to Science Daily, there were 745 confirmed infections and 58 deaths just nine months later. I can’t imagine how it must feel to be the victim of this terrifying outbreak. This contamination has ruined many lives as the victim rarely makes a full recovery, so the many lawsuits across the nation come as no surprise. It might be equally surprising to try to pin point what the victims could gain from the lawsuits to really compensate them for their suffering. While money is certainly needed for hospitable bills and their inability to go back to their jobs, it seems that doesn’t fully cut it. What can help bring balance back to the scales of good and evil will be found in the question of how this could have been avoided in the first place. New safeguards, policies, and more thorough screening and training of employees could be a starting point.
Natural remedies for pain
Most of those who received the steroid shot did so due to back or joint pain. While this is scientifically proven to reduce pain, all of the ruined lives so evident in this outbreak make me wonder if naturally remedies were advocated at all before resorting to shots.
Vitamin B12 has been proven to reduce the level of pain and disability according to an Italian study. Yoga has also been proven to provide pain relief, especially lower back pain. The same can be said for capsaicin creams. While arthritis pain is unfortunately not reduced by practicing yoga, weight loss, strengthening and aerobic exercise, glucosamine sulfate supplements (not the hydrochloride type), and Capsaicin cream can all help relieve pain naturally.
Unsafe sex redefined by Yaz / Yasmin, NuvaRing and Mirena birth control
Yaz (or Yasmin) has caused blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism and stroke. Yaz has caused approximately 22,000 cases of adverse effects, while Yasmin has caused 18,000 cases. Bayer (the maker of the drugs) is still settling lawsuits at an average of $200,000 per case.
NuvaRing faces similar lawsuits with 5,357 cases adverse effects counting DVT, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
The Mirena lawsuit also comes to mind as thousands of women suffered complications from the IUD such as vaginal hemorrhage and device migration which has rendered many women infertile. Not exactly “safe” sex anymore is it when you consider the dangers of the side effects. While natural or fertility awareness-based methods of birth control take careful planning and attention, they have no adverse side effects.
Prevention of disease is the key to a healthy and happy future. With all of the medications at our fingertips, we must consider the consequences. This is unfortunately usually done after it is too late, after many lives have been destroyed. I must believe that we as a society is always getting better as we learn from our mistakes, but the responsibility it seems has to be taken by the consumer to protect themselves and their families.
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Madeline Ferdinand keeps the old youthful and the youthful wise as a health and wellness writer for DrugNews.net. She loves brisk walks with friends, tea parties with her granddaughter and jewelry making.