FDA Drug Recalls: What You Need to Know 

 February 12, 2015

By  LMW Attorneys

When a doctor prescribes us medicine, we expect it to help us, not hurt us. Unfortunately, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have rigorously tested a drug for safety and effectiveness, unforeseen problems sometimes arise after a drug has been put on the market.

As a result of these unexpected issues, many people end up suffering adverse reactions to drugs — both prescription and over-the-counter — that have been approved by the FDA.

Why Are Drugs Recalled?

Drug manufacturers, along with the FDA, continue to monitor drugs once they are on the market. If a problem arises, a recall is issued. A drug can be recalled by the initiative of the company that distributes it by the request of the FDA or under statutory authority of the FDA.

The most common reasons why drugs are recalled include health hazards, incorrect or misleading labeling, poor manufacturing and potential contamination.

What Should I Do if a Drug I Take is Recalled?

  • Stop taking the drug immediately and call your doctor. If it is an over-the-counter drug, you can usually return it for a refund. Your doctor or pharmacist can recommend an alternative. If it is a prescription drug, call your doctor as soon as possible to obtain a replacement. Let your doctor know if you are experiencing unusual side effects. If the side effects are critical, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Educate yourself. The FDA will publish the information you need to know about the drug that has been recalled. Read up so you know what to look for in possible side effects.
  • Call an attorney. If you are experiencing unexpected, adverse side effects from a drug that has been recalled, you may have a product liability case against the drug manufacturer. Product liability cases can be extremely complicated so hiring an attorney to fight for you is highly recommended.

If You Have Suffered From a Recalled Drug, Call Us!

Nobody should have to suffer from a drug we have been told is safe. If you have experienced adverse side effects from an FDA-approved drug that has been recalled, call Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A. today. Our expert attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.