Medical science has come a long way. Today, illnesses that at one time were a sure death sentence for someone can be treated or cured. Injuries can be healed faster than ever before, and the effects of normal wear-and-tear on the body that comes with age and once meant immobility and a life without joy can now be reduced through technology and medical advancements. We truly are living in the age of medical miracles.
Unfortunately, some of these advancements are not all they promise and everyday people learn their so-called medical miracle has actually put them at risk. There are millions of people in this country and around the globe who have undergone medical treatments and surgeries, hoping to alleviate their health issues only to learn the process made their situation worse. In some cases, the effects are fatal and families are left to pick up the pieces after the loss of a loved one.
This site is dedicated to raising awareness of the medical dangers we face and we hope this information will decrease the number of tragedies that occur. We believe education is the key to informed medical decision-making and our goal is to be the best resource available for helping patients make the best decisions about the products they use.
Every Medical Treatment Poses a Risk
All too often, patients fail to realize that no matter the treatment they receive there is risk involved.
Imagine yourself in the difficult position of receiving devastating medical news. Anyone in this situation would feel desperate to find an answer – a way to repair or cure or in some way alleviate the problem causing them misery. Even with a general understanding of risk, they might be willing to undergo a treatment or surgery with the hopes of living a better life.
Misleading Information Leads to Uninformed Decisions
As promising as it might sound to regain your health, it’s important to understand the risks involved in any medical procedure. There is always the potential that an incident could occur during the procedure or a problem could develop after that leads to complications far worse than you originally experienced. Patients and consumers are responsible for learning of the dangers posed by products and procedures before choosing to undergo treatment.
All too often though, these complications are related to malfunctioning products. In other cases, medical malpractice is to blame because a surgeon, doctor, or other health professional did not meet his or her obligations when providing care. In these situations, it’s impossible for a consumer to predict the outcome of his or her treatment, even when due diligence and appropriate research is conducted.
Sadly, there have been numerous cases in which drug and medical device companies were accused of misleading patients and the medical community. In these instances, it’s impossible for a person to make an informed decision about his or her medical care. As patients, we rely on our doctors to give us information and recommendations concerning medical treatment. When doctors are given incorrect or incomplete information from manufacturers, there is little we can do to prevent negative consequences.
We assume products approved for use have been adequately tested and are safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are ways in which manufacturers take advantage of loopholes in the regulatory industry and all too often, these shortcuts result in devastating consequences for consumers.
How You Can Protect Yourself from Harm
As a consumer, it’s important to understand the danger posed by medical devices and medications. Before undergoing any treatment, speak to your doctor about all potential risks, even those that are considered rare. Also ask why your doctor why he or she believes the recommended course of action is appropriate for your situation.
It’s also recommended that you contact the pharmaceutical producer or device manufacturer to ask about the testing process and any potential harm related to the product.
Every year, thousands of medical devices and drugs are recalled from the market. The FDA issues safety alerts on an ongoing basis so consumers will be aware of the risks associated with various medical treatments. Many of these alerts are very specific and despite a product still being available to consumers, there is information consumers must understand before using that product to treat their illness or injury.
Our goal is to share as much of this information as possible with you and keep the public informed about the potential risks associated with the medical industry.