What Should You Do if a Medication You Take is Recalled?
Most drugs released in the U.S. are safe for patients to take. But occasionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines that a drug is potentially dangerous due to contamination, a violation of manufacturing policies and regulations, lack of sterility assurance, mislabeling, sub-potency, and many other reasons.
The FDA’s website contains a list of recently recalled drugs, as well as an archive where you can search for drugs recalled in previous years. Unfortunately, recalled drugs aren’t always pulled from doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies. In fact, patients sometimes continue to take them, putting their health at risk.
If you find out that a drug you were prescribed was recalled, you should:
- Talk to your doctor. Never stop taking a medication without first consulting with your doctor. Not all recalled drugs are dangerous or likely to pose ill effects to health. There are three classes of recalls, with Classes I and II being most likely to cause patients to develop drug-related complications.
- Talk to a drug injury lawyer. Drugs with Class I recalls shouldn’t be given to any patients, as the FDA says there’s a “reasonable probability that use or exposure” will cause adverse health consequences or death. If you were given a drug under a Class I recall, it’s important to have a legal advocate on your side.
Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough knows how dangerous recalled drugs can be. It’s our goal to help people who were injured or became ill after taking them get the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation — we’re here to help.