West Palm Beach drug injury lawyer, Susan Ramsey, injury attorney says Medicaid allows unsafe drugs. FDA unapproved drugs allows injuries and deaths.
Medicaid, a division of the U.S. Government Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) http://www.cms.hhs.gov/, is a state administered program funded by the federal government. Medicaid provides medical coverage to low income individuals and families. Each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. In Florida Medicaid is administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/ The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Social Security Administration determines eligibility for Florida residents http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/medicaid.shtml
November 26, 2008, West Palm Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Strong victims rights advocate, Susan Ramsey, a West Palm Beach drug injury attorney, reports the U.S. government is paying out millions of dollars for drugs that were never reviewed for safety and effectiveness by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) www.fda.gov. These non-FDA approved drugs are still covered under Medicaid. According to federal officials, innocent American taxpayers have paid more than $200 million, since 2004, for drugs not approved by the FDA. These drugs pose a public health concern and many have been linked to several deaths. Drugs companies are still selling medications to U.S. consumers not approved by the FDA. Loopholes in the U.S. government continues to allow Medicaid approval and payment for these potentially harmful medications.
Concerned South Florida drug injury attorney, Ramsey, with the West Palm Beach, Florida product liability law firm of Gary Roberts & Associates, urges all Florida residents to be informed about the safety of the medications doctors prescribe and local pharmacies sell. Consider the following before taking any medication:
-Ask your doctor if your medication is approved by the FDA.
-Consult your pharmacist before taking any prescribed or over the counter medication
-Go to www.fda.gov for approved medications
-Know medicaid will continue to pay for any unapproved drug the FDA allows to be sold to U.S. Consumers
-MOST IMPORTANT: Just because a drug is sold in the U.S. Does not mean it has been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the FDA.
Dedicated Palm Beach County drug injury attorney, Ramsey, asserts American consumers and children continue to suffer from injury and even death from ingestion of unapproved drugs. In 2006, the FDA received 21 reports of children under two dying after taking unapproved cold and allergy medications. Families and children suffering from an unapproved drug injury may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages.
Media Contact: Susan B. Ramsey, a drug injury attorney in West Palm Beach, FL (561)686-1800 [email protected]
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