Taking the Edge out of Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices
People make decisions based on what they know. The information they have affects the choices they make. It may be as simple as deciding to wear one shirt over the other because the mirror shows or someone says it looks better, or it could be as complex as deciding to switch careers. This applies to all aspects of their lives, including their health. As pointed out on the website of Williams Kherkher, when important information is missing, this can lead to making the wrong choice with serious consequences.
For example, you are morbidly obese and the doctor says you are at high risk for an early death. You can choose to follow a strict regimen of diet and exercise and lose about one pound a week. Then your doctor tells you there is a pill you will take every day that will make you lose 25 pounds in one week without diet or exercise. There is no contest. You will choose the pill. It is effort-free and fast. However, the doctor tells you that every time you swallow a pill, your eyesight will deteriorate by 5%. In other words, after taking 20 pills, you will be blind. The choice has just become harder because of this new information. However, because you know, you can make an informed decision. If you decide that losing weight is more important than your sight, then you take the pill. You can also strike a compromise and just lose some of your sight to lose some of the weight. You can also choose the diet and exercise route.
This is how some drug makers and medical device manufacturers fail their customers. They deliberately withhold crucial information, such as what the website of the personal injury attorneys at Williams Kherkher says Takeda Pharmaceuticals did when marketing the drug to type 2 diabetics without telling them about the risk of developing bladder cancer. There is also the case of power morcellators, which increased the risk of developing uterine cancer in women. The manufacturers may not have withheld information, but they should have known about this deadly side effect.
If these patients had complete information, some may have still decided to take their chances. The difference is they would have made an informed decision.