Dangerous Diet Drug Injury

Dangerous Diet Drugs Injuries in Austin

In the United States, people have an unhealthy obsession with everything super-sized, ranging from burgers and fries to lattes and sodas. Naturally, this has led to another unhealthy obsession: losing weight by any means possible. Although some people adopt the ancient and highly effective technique of eating less and exercising more, most people want faster results that require less time and effort. Unfortunately, many of these individuals turn to potentially deadly diet drugs to do the work for them.

As much of the nation has seen in recent years, doctors have veered toward viewing obesity as a medical condition. As a result, these doctors often prescribe diet drugs for their obese patients. Several drugs recently introduced on the market following a series of weight loss drug problems have gained FDA attention, causing the administration to scrutinize them with a wary eye. Two of these drugs, Qsymia and Belviq, received FDA approval last year following an initial rejection. The basis for the rejection was that the long-term health threats had not been investigated thoroughly enough, a habit common among pharmaceutical companies. Some physicians are waiting to see what kind of effects the drugs have. However, many others feel that even the most minimal weight loss carries benefits far more significant than the potential drug risks, so they view these substances as necessary.

Diet drugs have long held a questionable reputation. This is due largely to the fact that their makers have painted them as miracle weight loss drugs, yet they were eventually found to be ineffective and even life-threatening. Here is a small example of some diet drugs that had nightmarish consequences:

  • Japanese Weight Loss Pill
    • This drug contains a suspected carcinogen. It was recently taken off the market after it was found to present a danger of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Clean Fat Burner
    • This veterinary drug is not approved for use in humans and is known to cause heart damage.
  • Brazilian Diet Pill
    • Because it's imported, its safety is questionable. It contains ingredients suspected to cause a host of side effects ranging from personality disorders to an unbearable sensitivity to touch.
  • Qsymia and Similar Pills
    • Research indicates that these diet pills can cause adverse mood effects, birth defects and negative changes in metabolism.
  • KE Diet
    • Using a feeding tube, the user is provided with a mere 800 calories daily. It poses a threat of infection, strains the liver and kidneys and presents many risks associated with starvation.

Each of these drugs, plus countless others, are intended for severely obese patients rather than those who simply want to drop a couple of extra pounds. It's an undisputed fact that obesity presents numerous health threats. Losing weight is a tedious and long-term process that the makers of these dangerous diet drugs have exploited for their own personal gain. This trend of placing their massive profits ahead of people's safety and well-being is something that cannot be allowed to go on.

Patients that have been injured by the use of these drugs may have legitimate civil and product liability claims against the companies that produced and distributed them. By filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties, victims can receive necessary financial compensation. In addition, filing such claims sends the message to drug makers that it's unacceptable to victimize people in their endless pursuit of profits, and that they can't expect to do so without consequence.

If you or a loved one live in the Austin, TX area and have suffered injury as a result of dangerous diet drugs, you may be entitled to compensation. We encourage you to contact our law firm at Zinda Law Group today to find out what our team of experienced Personal Injury lawyers can do for you.