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Emergency rooms plagued by drug reactions

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According to a recent article in the Winston-Salem Journal, many ER visits each year result from bad reactions to drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin), a much-prescribed anticoagulant or bloodthinner, and others.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently conducted a surveillance program of emergency rooms. Their conservative estimate is that at least 700,000 serious drug side effects go unreported by patients each year.

The drugs they mention as consistent culprits of these interactions are Coumadin, the antibiotic amoxicillin, and the heart medicine Lanoxin (digoxin).

If you or someone close to you has experienced a drug interaction or side effect that has caused injury or harm, you should speak with your doctor immediately. If you would like to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney, complete the form at the right for a free consultation.