You call your pharmacy to refill your regular prescriptions and discover that one of your medications has been recalled. You’ve been taking the same drug for several years. Now you are worried. Was the medication harmful? Should you stop taking it immediately? How do you find a replacement? What should you do with the pills you have left? Here’s a guide to help you if you are experiencing a medication recall and what you can do to protect yourself.Do You Have a Case?
Medication errors, also called “adverse drug events,” account for approximately 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations. In addition, many patients in hospitals and nursing homes fall victim to injurious medication mistakes.
Here are some examples of medication errors that can cause serious harm to a patient:
Medications are approved and released on the U.S. market after extensive testing by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The drugs are tested for a number of factors, including safety, effectiveness and side effects. However, sometimes a problem is discovered after a drug has been on the market for a period of time. When this happens, FDA officials may recall the medication in question. In addition, drug manufacturers may recall their own products after becoming aware of an issue. Prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications are subject to recalls.
Drugs may be recalled because of various factors. Here are some examples:
Medications may become contaminated during the manufacturing, packaging or distribution processes. In most cases, the drug will remain on the market while the affected batches are recalled.
A medication may be recalled because the dosing directions or labeling information is incomplete or misleading. These drugs will usually return to the market once these issues are corrected.
Sometimes an ingredient contained in a drug is found to be harmful, either to the general public or to those with certain medical conditions. Furthermore, a previously unknown side effect or dangerous drug interaction
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website has a complete list of medication recalls that is updated regularly.
Consumers can sign up for the FDA’s Recall Subscription List at https://www.recalls.gov/medicine.html to receive alerts about drug recalls.
A medication error is a form of medical malpractice. If you suffered harm because a doctor or pharmacy made a mistake with your medication, contact us now. Our experienced legal team is working remotely to win you the compensation you deserve.
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