March 25, 2013
Official estimates show that roughly 540,000 consumers of medications like Chantix® as well as a number of different antidepressants annually suffer serious side effects resulting in acts of violence. With so many people at risk, many wonder what is being done to eliminate this problem.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required makers of these dangerous medications to place a warning on the packaging of their products, but many experts feel it still isn’t enough to protect the public. Renowned doctor and researcher, David Healy, MD, points out that as many as 90 percent of acts of mass violence occur at the hands of an individual who is taking a psychotropic drug.
According to a release from Pharmiweb.com, a Boulder-based company announced it will be developing tests that can be used by doctors to determine if antidepressants are safe for a patient to use. These tests will identify genetic markers that indicate a predisposition to suffering a serious side effect, like a Chantix Drug Injury.
Experts say such tests could revolutionize the health care industry by reducing liability and other costs, while improving the quality of patient care.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm encourage those who are considering taking a smoking cessation drug or antidepressant to discuss the risks involved with such medications with their doctor before beginning a regimen. Doing so could save your life.