Over the Counter Medication Injury LawsuitsOver-the-counter (OTC) medications can provide relief for your allergies, upset stomach, headache, or other ailments. There is no need for a doctor's visit or to present a prescription. However, quick access to medication is not without risks and potential dangers. For example, the simple use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy is now linked to children developing autism spectrum disorder and other disorders.
OTC Safety ConcernsSeveral private and governmental entities have been created to educate consumers about OTC safety, including possible medication side effects and interactions. Unfortunately, problems still arise, and people of all ages continue to be harmed by using OTC drugs. If you suspect that an OTC medication resulted in serious harm to you, a defective medication lawyer can possibly help. Reviewing your case for negligence by the drug company or manufacturer can help a lawyer determine if you are eligible for civil action.
OTC Medications versus PrescriptionsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines whether a drug requires a prescription or if it is an OTC medication. According to FDA data, more than 700 products sold over-the-counter today use ingredients and allow doses only available by prescription 30 years ago. The FDA decides when a drug is safe for the Rx-to-OTC switch. Drug warning labels alert consumers to possible conflicts and dangers such as:
- When to not use it.
- When to stop taking it.
- When to see a doctor.
- Possible side effects.
The Misuse of OTC MedicationsAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people misuse OTC medications for a variety of reasons:
- To experience the effect of the drug.
- Mixing OTC medications to create a new drug.
- Taking an OTC medication in a way other than the recommended use.
- A prescription.
- Photo identification.
- A limit on the amount one person may purchase.
- Required age of 18 or older to purchase.