The U.S. Food & Drug Administration will recall a drug if it receives reports that a medication is causing adverse side effects that were previously unknown. In certain situations, the FDA will recall a drug if another treatment becomes available that is just as effective yet poses a lower risk to patients.
Recalls often happen due to unregistered ingredients, manufacturing errors, labeling issues and adverse drug reactions. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, most drug recalls involve minor issues that are not life threatening; however, it is critical that you take a medication recall seriously – not doing so could be deadly.
If you or a family member was injured due to a defective drug, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Monroe personal-injury lawyer will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn four steps to take if the FDA recalls your medication:
- Educate Yourself
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration offers an automatic alert system that will notify you if your medication has been recalled. If you receive this notification, you can learn about the recall on the FDA website. It will explain why the medication was recalled, the warning signs of adverse reactions, and what patients who are taking the medication should do.
- Discard Any Recalled Drugs
If your medication was recalled – even if you are not currently taking it – then return it to the pharmacy or dispose of it safely. According to WebMD, you can mix most drugs with cat litter or coffee grounds for safe disposal. Seal them in a plastic container or bag before you dispose of them. Make sure children and animals cannot access your trash.
- Contact Your Doctor
If the FDA recalled your drug due to an unknown side effect, adverse reactions or other medical complication, then contact your doctor immediately. Give your physician information about the recall. He or she can research the problem, evaluate your health and, if necessary, develop a treatment plan.
- Consult a Personal-Injury Lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of the recalled drug. Whether or not you have grounds for a claim depends on the nature of the recall. Your injury attorney can evaluate your case, answer your questions and help you fight for the maximum payout.
If the incident happened in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An injury attorney in Monroe will help you gather evidence to prove negligence, liability and damages.
A small mistake during the claims process could reduce the amount of compensation you ultimately recover, or prevent you from recovering any compensation at all. Our legal team will help you avoid errors such as making recorded statements or overlooking certain damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.