Many manufacturers take advantage of a program by the FDA that streamlines the approval process for medical devices. While this can save the companies millions of dollars in research and development costs, the program let some faulty devices – including hip, knee and mesh implants – go to market that ultimately harmed recipients.
Americans fill an estimated 4 billion prescriptions a year, with some people taking a dozen or more at a time. These drugs are supposed to be safe, but many times that’s not the case. Nearly a decade after the Vioxx debacle, which left thousands of people dead, Actos and certain birth control pills are mired in controversy over their dangerous side effects.
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