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How Many Americans Use Prescription Drugs?

Posted on February 27, 2012 to

Julie Heiden

You probably know at least one person who takes a prescription drug or over the counter drug on a regular basis. Like many people this winter, you might have taken an over the counter cold medicine to get rid of cold and flu symptoms. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) almost one-half of the U.S. population used a prescription drug in the last month. Approximately two-thirds of visits to the doctor result in prescription drug treatment, says the FDA.

Using prescription drugs increases with a person’s age. Statistics from the FDA point out that 85 percent of people over age 65 take an average of three different prescription medications every day. While drugs relieve symptoms and help prolong life, defective drugs have caused thousands of serious injuries and fatalities. Defective drugs such as Vioxx, Yaz, Yasmin and Lotronex make headlines for their adverse affects and resulting class action lawsuits.

Adverse affects from defective drugs present dangers to more than just the user. A defective drug linked to medical episodes can cause the user to fall unconscious while driving a vehicle. The result is a car accident that injures the user as well as additional drivers and pedestrians.

Do you know an elderly person who might be at risk of taking a defective drug?

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