When your doctor writes you a prescription and you get it filled at your local pharmacy, you trust that the pills or liquid inside the bottle are safe and will help you feel better. In most cases, that’s exactly the case. But sometimes, medications are not only ineffective, but they can also be dangerous.
Medications that are mislabeled, contaminated, or manufactured improperly may be recalled by their manufacturers or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are different levels of recalls, and they vary depending on their severity and the risk that the products pose to people.
Class I recalls are the most serious and they involve products that could cause serious injury or death. Class II recalls are for products that may serious injury or temporary illness, while Class III recalls are for products that are unlikely to cause problems, but that violate FDA regulations.
The actions you take after finding out that your medication has been recalled depend on what your doctor says and the type of recall. For example, a Class III recall may not require any action on your part, and you may still be able to take the medication with no issues. But Class II and Class I recalls may require immediate action, including switching to a different medication.
Never stop taking a medication without speaking to your doctor first, even if it has been recalled. If you suspect that a recalled medication harmed you, you may need legal representation to help you get compensation. At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we work hard on behalf of injured victims of defective medications.