There are thousands of prescription drugs on the market today, and sometimes it seems like every other TV commercial is telling you to ask your doctor about one medication or another. Almost all prescription drugs have known (usually mild) side effects. But when the health risks linked to a medication start to outweigh any potential benefit to patients, or the drug causes health problems that aren’t accounted for on the warning label, the FDA often steps in, and the public needs to know what to watch out for.

To keep consumers up to date on the latest legal and health issues related to prescription drugs, Nolo is pleased to announce the latest additions to its ever-growing collection of free online articles:

Avandia Litigation and FDA Developments – The controversial diabetes drug is coming under increased scrutiny from the FDA, and thousands of lawsuits have been filed alleging an increased risk of heart attack for patients taking Avandia.

Fosamax Litigation and ONJ – Merck’s popular osteoporosis drug has been linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw (“ONJ,” also called “jaw death”) and bone fractures.

NuvaRing | Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella - Lawsuits have called into question the safety and marketing of these contraceptives, including the risk of blood clots.

Heparin Recall and Litigation – Contaminants in the anticoagulant drug prompted a recall order from the FDA, and spurred lawsuits over adverse reactions to the medication.

FDA Drug Recalls – When the FDA or a pharmaceutical company removes a drug from the market, what do patients and consumers need to know?

Browse dozens more articles and FAQ on dangerous products, recalls, and product liability in Nolo’s Dangerous Products & Drugs topic.