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Steps to take after a prescription drug recall

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

When you head to a pharmacy in Louisiana to pick up a prescription drug, you want to believe that the medication you are about to take is not only effective but also safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The law firm of Jacqueline A. Scott and Associates has assisted many clients in obtaining recompense for unsafe products, including prescription drugs.

WebMD lists multiple reasons the Food and Drug Administration may recall prescription drugs. For instance, poor or deceptive packaging may trigger a recall because it provides confusing or inaccurate dosing information or because the medication in the container does not match the label. In other instances, the FDA may issue the recall because the product is contaminated or badly manufactured.

Perhaps the most worrisome scenario of all is a recall that occurs because a drug is deemed to be a health hazard after its release. Several notable instances have occurred in the past 20 years, including the recall of sibutramine, a weight loss drug that was found to increase the risk of stroke and heart attack, in 2010.

Though prescription drugs receive intensive testing to determine safety, the fact remains that errors do happen. If you have taken a drug that has been recalled by the FDA, there are several steps you should take to minimize the risk. First, find out more. You can research the recall on the FDA website and elsewhere on the internet. You also should make a point of discarding any recalled drugs by returning them to the pharmacy or following the disposal instructions on the label, regardless of whether or not you are currently taking the medication.

Importantly, you should pay attention to the state of all your medication, even prescription drugs that have not been subject to a recall. If you spot signs of tampering with the package, product contamination or unusual smells, avoid taking the medication until you have discussed the issue with your pharmacist. You should seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unfamiliar symptoms that may be linked to a recalled drug.

A prescription drug recall can be alarming and, at times, extremely damaging to your health, but it may be possible to seek recompense for medical expenses and other costs associated with the harmful health effects of recalled prescription drugs. For more information about defective or dangerous pharmaceuticals, visit our web page.