Do you know why drugs are recalled?

When you take any type of drug, either prescription or over-the-counter, you hope that it treats your condition in the intended manner.

Unfortunately, there are times when a drug can cause more harm than good. This often leads to a drug recall. Here are some of the primary reasons why a drug may be recalled:

  • It is a health hazard. If it's found that a medication can present a danger to your health, it may be taken off the market.
  • Poor packaging. If the packaging is problematic for any reason, such as complex dosing instructions, it may be recalled.
  • Contamination. During distribution or production, a medication could become contaminated. This almost always results in a recall.
  • Manufacturing defects. This can be related to potency, purity, quality, or anything else that could have a negative impact on the consumer.

If you have any reason to believe that you are taking a drug that has been recalled, it's important to dig around for more information. Along with this, consult with your doctor to learn more about what's going on, as well as which drug you can take in the future to treat your condition.

If a recalled drug has lead to an advanced illness, you will definitely want to consult with your medical team. You may need some type of treatment to deal with the problem. From there, once your health is under full control, it's time to focus on your legal rights. There is a possibility that you may be able to receive compensation as a result of the illness related to the defective drug.

Source: Web MD, "What Is a Drug Recall?," accessed Oct. 02, 2017

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