Pharmaceuticals undergo rigorous testing before they enter the consumer marketing. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration continues to monitor drugs, and in certain situations, the FDA will recall a medication due to health concerns.
Unfortunately, some patients learn about recalls too late. If you were injured or lost a family member due to a defective medication, contact a Baton Rouge personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC.
Our legal team has been protecting the rights of the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn five reasons why the FDA would issue a drug recall:
- Hazardous to Health
Only after widespread use do the risks associated with some medications become evident. For example, according to WebMD, initial tests on phenylpropanolamine, a once-popular ingredient in weight loss drugs and decongestants, did not uncover the fact that it caused hemorrhages in the brain. If the FDA receives reports that a medication causes unexpected side effects, it will issue a recall.
- Poorly Packaged or Mislabeled
Sometimes the instructions on a medication label are unclear or misleading, which can lead to an overdose, under-dose or other adverse effects. If the FDA receives reports that patients are taking a drug incorrectly due to insufficient instructions, it will recall the medication.
There are several steps in the process of producing a medication and delivering it to patients, and there are plenty of opportunities for a drug to become contaminated. Often, a medication will be contaminated by another pharmaceutical ingredient, which may or may not cause adverse reactions.
- Mismatched Drugs
Though rare, the medication inside a drug package sometimes is not the correct medication. Before you take a new drug, find out what the pill looks like, and verify that the medication you received looks the same.
- Manufacturing Defects
Mistakes during the manufacturing process of a drug could affect its purity, quality and potency. In turn, the drug does not actually help patients, and their conditions worsen while they are left untreated. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the distribution of substandard drugs is a growing problem in the United States.
What Should I Do If My Drug Was Recalled?
Although most recalls are related to minor issues, it is critical that you take a drug recall seriously. Depending on the nature of the recall, ignoring it could be deadly.
- Learn about the recall by visiting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s website;
- Bring any of the recalled drugs back to your pharmacist;
- Contact your doctor to discuss you’re the recall and your health; and
- Contact a personal-injury attorney to find out if you have grounds for a drug defect claim.
If you were injured due to a defective drug, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An injury lawyer in Baton Rouge will help you claim compensation for lost income, medical bills and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.