Drug recalls occur when patients can suffer harm because of adverse events, and sometimes this is learned after the drug is released to the public. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ensures that drugs are safe for human use prior to public release. It also reviews the safety of the drug while it is on the market.
When something happens, and a medication begins to have issues related to safety, a recall can happen. This means that it is removed from the market. Several factors might lead to this action, and they all must be taken seriously.
Problems with instructions
All drugs must have instructions that provide essential information. If this is missing or isn’t conveyed appropriately, a recall can occur. The same is true if the package insert, outer package or dosing instrument isn’t accurate.
When a drug has an undeclared side effect, a recall can occur. This includes ones that are more severe or more common than what was noted during the trial. This doesn’t mean that the testing was botched. Instead, people might begin to have troubles as a larger group takes it.
Medications can also go through the recall process if they are contaminated. All ingredients in the drug must be stated. If there is something that enters into a batch unexpectedly during the manufacturing process, finding it might not happen until a sample goes through quality control measures. This takes time so it may go into the marketplace with the contaminant.
Recalls shouldn’t induce panic
Having a drug recalled isn’t an easy process. The manufacturer can recall the drug voluntarily, which is how many are handled. The FDA can also initiate the recall process. Regardless of which entity starts the recall, you shouldn’t panic. Instead, contact your doctor and find out what you need to do to address the problem.
Your physician can let you know whether you need to wean off the medication slowly or if it is safe for you to stop taking it. If you need to discard the drugs, do so in a safe manner. You should never throw it away or flush it down the toilet. Instead, look for medication drop-off locations.
If a medication harms you, you may have legal options in Tennessee. Seeking compensation can help you to recover the financial damages you are dealing with due to the medication issue.