A recall happens when a prescription or over-the-counter drug is removed from the market because it's defective or potentially harmful to the public.
Once a recall is issued, distributors make every effort to remove the product from their shelves. However, you the consumer may have already purchased the product and be unaware of the recall.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of recalled food, drugs and biologics, medical devices, animal products and cosmetics.
Drugs are recalled for a variety of reasons, including:
- Contamination with harmful or non-harmful substance
- Mislabeling or poor packaging
- Poor manufacturing that effects product quality, purity and potency
- Dangerous side effects reported by consumers
Drug recalls can be voluntary by drug manufacturers or by request or order from the FDA.
However, it's important to remember that not every dangerous drug has been recalled. The FDA will approve a drug when the benefits outweigh the risks, but dangerous side effects can occur even with drugs still on the market.
If you've been injured by a dangerous drug, whether it's been recalled or not, you may be entitled to payment for the damages done.
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