What should you do about a drug recall?

In the United States, medicine does not make its way to market until it is tested for both effectiveness and safety. Along with this, once a drug makes its way to market, the FDA continues to monitor it to ensure that nothing bad comes along.

Unfortunately, there are times when a drug makes its way to market when it shouldn't have. If this happens, it's possible that a large group of people could be negatively impacted.

There are many reasons for the recall of a prescription drug, including but not limited to:

-- A health hazard. If for any reason it's believed that a prescription drug is a health hazard, the FDA will pull it off the market.

-- Poor packaging. This isn't common, but there have been times when drugs were recalled because of issues with packaging or labeling.

-- Contamination. In the event that a drug becomes contaminated during production or distribution, it must be taken off the market without delay.

-- Poor manufacturing. The manufacturing process has a direct impact on the quality of the drug.

As a consumer, you should be concerned about all of these reasons for a drug recall. After all, you're taking the medication because you want to feel better, not because you want to take a risk with your health.

If you've been impacted by a drug recall, such as a medication that has led to serious health concerns, you must seek immediate medical attention. Along with this, learn more about your legal rights in Tennessee, as you may be able to collect compensation from the negligent party.

Source: Web MD, "What Is a Drug Recall?," accessed Oct. 11, 2016

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