How Do Drug Recalls Work?

Published on Mar 29, 2018 at 5:20 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Many people depend on medication to keep them healthy and safe. Whether they’re taking prescription drugs every day, a short while to fight an illness, or over the counter drugs, people expect them to be safe and do their jobs. But this isn’t always the case. When there are issues with a drug, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will issue a recall, but that doesn’t undo the damage that’s already been done.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a recalled drug, you’re probably focused on healing and getting back to normal life as soon as possible. But if the drug has kept you from working or has caused you a lot of pain, this might not be so easy.

You can seek legal aid from a Paducah pharmaceutical litigation lawyer at Daryl T. Dixon Law. We understand what you’re going through was caused by someone else’s negligence and that you deserve compensation for pain and suffering and lost wages. You can take a stand against drug companies so they don’t make these mistakes again.

Why Would the FDA Need to Recall a Drug?

The FDA will recall a drug if anything goes against regulations or if there is a chance the drugs could cause harm. The main reasons for recalling a drug are:

  • Side Effects. Drugs that are causing harmful and life-threatening side effects are recalled so the public no longer has access to them.
  • Mislabeling. There could be a labeling error saying that a drug is something other kind of medication and could be a dangerous mix up for people who depend on that medication.
  • Misprinted Directions. Even if the drug isn’t causing harm, an error in the directions could lead to someone misusing them.
  • Misprinted Images. Similar to misprinted directions, drugs can be recalled if there are images that are supposed to demonstrate how to use the drugs but aren’t correct or could be easily misunderstood.

You can get injured or possibly need to be hospitalized if you use a drug that was previously recalled. This isn’t fair and shouldn’t happen to anyone. You deserve to stand up for yourself legally and hold people accountable for their actions.

What Are the Different Kinds of Drug Recalls?

While there are many reasons for the FDA to recall a drug, they usually fall within three recall categories depending on their severity.

  • Class I. This is the most serious recall. The drug could possibly cause health problems and death.
  • Class II. Drugs that get a Class II recall can still cause health problems but not as severe or long lasting as Class I.
  • Class III. While the drug isn’t likely to cause health reactions, the packaging or labeling could go against FDA labeling laws.

The FDA doesn’t alert the media for each recall, but when there’s a significant danger they will release that information. But people can still get hurt if they aren’t aware of the recall and there is something wrong with their drug’s labeling. Getting in touch with a pharmaceutical litigation lawyer will get you on the right track to recovering.

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