How Do You Know if Your Medication Has Been Recalled?
If you just picked up a new prescription or over-the-counter medication from the pharmacy or supermarket, you may be worried about its safety and whether it has been recalled. But the fact that you were still able to purchase it means that it’s unlikely that the medication has been recalled. Typically, recalled medications are removed from pharmacy and supermarket shelves immediately.
However, you may have medications in your home that could have been recalled without you knowing, especially if it has been weeks or months since you purchased them. Finding out if these medications have been recalled requires some work, including taking the following steps:
- Check the FDA website: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a database of recalled medications. In addition to showing all recent recalls, this database is also searchable, making it easy for you to see if your medication is affected by recalls.
- Check the manufacturer’s website: Although the FDA can recommend recalls, it’s up to the manufacturers to initiate them. When they do, they typically announce them in press releases and on their websites.
- Ask your pharmacist: Pharmacists stay up-to-date on drug recalls, and they may also have fliers and press releases posted that show recent drug recalls. And if your medication has been recalled, you may be notified by the pharmacist directly when you try to refill your prescription.
Sometimes, people who are harmed, injured, or sickened by recalled medications can sue the manufacturers of those drugs for drug injuries. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers have helped many people whose lives were upended by dangerous medications, and we want to help you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation.