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Prescription cough medicine may be placing kids at risk

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Dangerous Drug Litigation |

Prescription medications are important for many people in Texas and across the United States. They are used to treat illnesses, help with conditions and to improve people’s lives.

However, these medications sometimes have side effects that can cause damage. In some cases, they can lead to death.

It is important that drug companies do extensive testing to make sure these medicines are safe. Patients must also have sufficient information before they start taking them.

If patients have been harmed by medications, they and their loved ones should be aware of the options available to hold drug companies accountable.

Spike in child poisonings from cough medicine stokes concern

The Food and Drug Administration found thousands of cases of children who were poisoned by cough medicine with the drug benzonatate between 2010 and 2018.

The medication was sold as Tessalon. Children under 10 are not supposed to take it.

Some younger children were unintentionally given the medication, but most of the poisonings affected kids 10 and above.

While there were a relatively low number of incidents in which kids has serious side effects, there are still substantial risks. These risks involved cardiac arrest, convulsions and even death.

Injuries and death due to defective drugs need to be investigated

When there are problems with a medication, it is vital for the public to be aware of them. This is especially true when it has the potential of harming children.

It is imperative that manufacturers and medical professionals understand the potential danger with prescription drugs and provide extensive information to people who are using them.

As these reports continue to come in and people are realizing that their children might have been harmed, they should have advice about their legal options. Calling for a consultation with experienced professionals who understand defective drugs and their aftermath can be helpful with deciding on the best strategy to take.