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How to Determine If Your Medication Has Been Recalled

Posted by Sarah Showard | May 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are thousands of prescription drugs and substances on the market today. While each of them are required to meet strict regulatory requirements set by the Unites States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sometimes mistakes are made and undetected until after the medication has reached the public.

How to Determine if Your Medication Has Been Recalled

If an error is discovered or a drug begins producing unexpected side effects, it will likely be recalled. If you've been prescribed a medication that is recalled for safety reasons, you could be entitled to compensation for any damages or illness you have experienced due to the defect.

What Is a Recall?

Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market and can be made on any product reviewed by the FDA, including foods, cosmetics and medications. While the FDA can order or request a recall be made, any firm can also choose to recall their own product if they desire. Recalls are split into three classes depending on their potential level of harm.

  • Class III: Use of or exposure to the volatile product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.
  • Class II: Use of or exposure to the volatile product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.
  • Class I: There is a reasonable probability that use of or exposure to the volatile product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

What Products Have Been Recalled?

Because of the potential risks posed by recalled medications, the FDA created a program in July 2011 to notify the public of drug recalls before they were officially classified. These unclassified recalls are published every Wednesday on a web page titled Human Drug Product Recalls Pending Classification. Once the recalled medications are classified they can be found on the FDA's official Safety Recalls page, which provides the product name, description and cause of recall as well as information gathered from press releases and other public notices.

Defective Drug and Medical Device Attorneys in Tucson

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a recalled or potentially dangerous or defective prescription drug, you may have a claim against the pharmaceutical company. Contact the experienced attorneys at Showard Law Firm today for a free consultation.

About the Author

Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.

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