If you find out a drug you have taken has been recalled, it’s not time to panic yet. Most medication recalls are unlikely to cause adverse health consequences if a patient continues taking the medications. However, it is important to research any recalls that you may learn about and speak to your doctor and your pharmacist if a drug you are taking is recalled.
The FDA oversees regulating both over-the-counter and prescription medications. They do not actually test the products, but they do research on the drugs for quality, safety, and effectiveness. Occasionally, after a drug is on the market, unforeseen problems arise. If a drug is found to be defective or potentially harmful, the drug may be recalled. Recalling the drugs is normally the best way to protect the public from any potential harm. Most product recalls are voluntary and are initiated by the manufacturer. The FDA then monitors the recall process and assesses its effectiveness.
Prescription drug recalls are classified into three categories: Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class I recalls are the most serious and involve dangerous drugs that could cause serious health problems or even death. Class II recalls involve products that may cause temporary health problems. Class III recalls involve drugs that are unlikely to cause any adverse health reactions, but violate FDA labeling or manufacturing laws. Many recalls do not make the news because the issue may be simple and may not cause health problems.
If a prescription drug you are taking is recalled, do not panic. Instead, speak to your doctor and/or pharmacist about your options. If you believe a drug you have taken has caused you serious health issues, it may be time to speak with an attorney. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation on your case.