Written by Andrew Sarski on February 9, 2011
Unfortunately, one of the most deceptive practices employed by drug manufacturing companies is to conceal the dangerous side effects associated with their medications. Without accurate information, consumers are unable to make educated decisions regarding their medications by taking into consideration both the risks and benefits. This leaves consumers unknowingly at risk for developing devastating health conditions, like a pulmonary embolism.
Symptoms and Complications of Pulmonary Embolism
Not all cases of pulmonary embolism exhibit the same signs and symptoms, and nearly half of pulmonary embolism victims display no symptoms at all, which can make this condition in particular difficult to diagnose. The most common symptoms of pulmonary embolism are chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, sweating, anxiety, and loss of consciousness. Symptoms of a blood clot specifically, include swelling, pain, tenderness, and the skin feeling warm to the touch. Some of the complications associated with pulmonary embolism are low levels of oxygen, permanent damage to the affected lung and damage to other organs from lack of oxygen. Depending on the size of the blood clot, pulmonary embolism can even be fatal.
Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism
Seeking immediate medical attention for a pulmonary embolism is imperative in order to prevent serious injury or death. Typical treatment options for this condition include:
- Anticoagulant medications – prevent new clots from forming
- Thrombolytic medications – dissolve clots quickly but can cause sudden and severe bleeding
- Surgical clot removal – a catheter is used to remove large clots in the lung
- Surgical vein filter – a catheter is used to implant a filter in the main vein which can prevent future clots from being carried into the lungs
- What To Do About a Pulmonary Embolism
A pulmonary embolism is an extremely dangerous condition which, left untreated, can lead to significant complications in the future, and even death. Unfortunately, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 cases of pulmonary embolism that are not diagnosed in the United States each year. In order to prevent a pulmonary embolism, individuals can refrain from taking certain pharmaceutical medications that are believed to increase the risk of developing this condition. However, it is a common practice for drug manufacturing companies to conceal the more serious side effects of their medications in order to ensure the FDA’s approval. This misleading act robs consumers of their right to accurate information regarding their medications, making it difficult or even impossible for them to evaluate both the risks and benefits of certain drugs. The only way to stand up against the deceptive practices of pharmaceutical companies is to file a defective drug lawsuit.
Legal Help for Pulmonary Embolism Side Effects
There are a number of defective drug lawsuits already pending against drug manufacturing companies and many more defective drug cases that are currently being investigated. Victims of defective drug-related injuries are not at fault and deserve to receive compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered from a pulmonary embolism and you believe pharmaceuticals to be the cause, contact a defective drug attorney for help developing your case. Qualified defective drug lawyers have the experience in defective drug litigation and the knowledge necessary to help you collect the reimbursement you are entitled to.