Almost half of all American adults have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month, and almost a third of Americans regularly take two or more prescriptions, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control.
People are increasingly being prescribed drugs to treat pain, blood pressure, and depression and prescription drugs are increasingly becoming a cause for concern. More and more cases are showing up in the media of dangerous prescription drug interactions, overdoses, and fatal pharmacy errors.
Manufacturers frequently brought to court over “Defective Drugs”
Often, drug manufacturers market drugs to consumers without going through the proper testing and the result is that patients must file defective drug lawsuits to hold the drug makers accountable. The current Actos drug lawsuits are an example of this. These lawsuits seek compensation for dangerous and unsafe drugs that can have life-altering or even fatal consequences.
Are you taking these popular prescription drugs?
The 10 most prescribed drug list shows that patients rely heavily on generic prescriptions to treat health issues. You may take them every day and believe them to be safe, but be aware that prescription drugs can have dangerous and even deadly interactions. They can also be fatal if a pharmacy makes a mistake in transcribing the dosage or dosage instructions.
The 10 Most Prescribed Drugs in America
- Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) – Painkiller. The most popular medicine in the U.S., sold as a generic and also sold as Vicodin. Most of the hundreds of deaths each year due to acetaminophen poisoning are from Vicodin or similar drug misuse. 131 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Simvastatin ( Zocor) or atorvastatin (Lipitor) – The most widely prescribed drug to lower cholesterol. A few years ago, lawsuits were brought against Pfzer for claims that the company failed to warn patients about Lipitor's more dangerous side effects patients like debilitating muscle and nerve problems, including memory loss. 94.1 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Lisinopril or amlodipine besylate (Norvasc) – Marketed by pharmaceutical companies to treat high blood pressure. Sold under brand names Prinivil and Zestril. In the past few years, side effects after taking this medication have been linked to liver damage and liver failure. 87.4 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Generic Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium) - To treat thyroid disorders. 70.5 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Amlodipine – To treat high blood pressure. Calcium channel blocker to treat high blood pressure - better known as Norvasc from Pfizer. 57.2 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Omeprazole (Prilosec) -. Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor used to treat acid reflux. Reports surfaced that some patients who took the drug had increased bone and hip fracture side effects. 53.4 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Azithromycin – Antibiotic. 52.6 million prescriptions in 2010. Generic version of Pfizer's antibiotic Zithromax.
- Amoxicillin – Antibiotic. 52.3 million prescriptions in 2010.
- Metformin HCL (Glucophage) – To treat diabetes. 48.3 million prescriptions in 2010 .
- Hydrochlorothiazide – To treat high blood pressure. 47.8 million prescriptions in 2010.
If you or a loved one have been harmed because of a pharmacy error or a defective drug you have rights to recover compensation for your injuries. Order our free pharmacy error book to learn all you need to know, or call our office toll-free at 1-888-526-7616 to start a free case review today with our prescription error lawyers.