What To Do In The Event of a Drug Recall

Posted on February 7, 2017

It is the job of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test new medications rigorously for years before they become available to the consumer. Even after all of this testing, the FDA continues to monitor drugs to ensure that there are no unforeseen complications. If a complication arises at any time, a recall will be initiate.

What Are Common Reasons For a Drug Recall?

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Increased health hazard
When a drug presents serious health risks such as increased chance of stroke or heat attack, the FDA will issue a recall. Unfortunately some of these side effects are not realized until they become widely used.

Possibility of Contamination 
If a drug become contaminated during production or distribution it will be recalled.

Mislabeled or Packaged Poorly
A drug may be recalled if many people find the instructions unclear or confusing. They may also recall it if there is a problem with the dosing tool provided.

It’s poorly manufactured
A drug will be recalled if its quality, purity, or potency are not up to FDA standards.

The drug is not what it says it is
Sometimes the package material does not convey what the effects the medication inside the package will have on you. If this ever happens, the drug will be recalled.


What To Do If A Drug You’re Taking Is Recalled

Over the counter drugs:

If the drug recalled is an over the counter drug, stop taking it immediately. You can take it back to the store you bought it from and ask for a refund. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the best replacement options.

Prescription drugs:

If the drug recalled was prescribed  to you, call your doctor as soon as possible to get a medication that can replace it.

When you find out a drug you are taking is recalled, whether it’s over the counter or prescribed, the manufacturer will have a hotline you can call to find out more information about the recall.