If you look around, it doesn't take too long to figure out that the world is full of unsafe drugs. Even if you're talking about over-the-counter drugs, there are plenty of examples out there of medications that can have very serious, even deadly, side effects. For example, it's been known for many years that giving young people and teenagers aspirin when they have certain ailments may result in Rye syndrome, a potentially deadly condition. If you check any modern bottle of aspirin, you'll see a warning that discloses this danger. Keeping unsafe drugs on the market is all about disclosing the danger.
Why Disclosure Matters
Patients have the right to assume a certain degree of risk in the pursuit of better health. This applies to medical procedures of all types, not just drugs. For example, there is a certain degree of risk involved with liposuction. Even though this is a cosmetic procedure, millions of people have had the procedure done to improve their appearance. They accepted the risk and, if they suffered the side effects of this procedure, the responsibility lies on their shoulders and no one else's. This isn't always the case with dangerous drugs.