Drug Side Effects

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Prescription drugs come with risks, and it's important to take those risks into account when making a decision to prescribe a medication. Often, new medications are tested on a small number of people before they're released to the public. However, this doesn't always mean that the drug is safe for everyone. Sometimes side effects can be severe, even deadly. Who is liable if a side effect is severe? That's up to the drug manufacturer, healthcare provider, or patient.