Drug Recalls

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What is a drug recall?

The FDA wants to make sure the medications we take are safe. Once a medication is on the market, the FDA along with pharmaceutical companies continues to monitor the medication for unforeseen problems. If an issue is identified, or the safety of the medication becomes a concern, a recall is initiated. The FDA will issue notifications to healthcare providers, hospitals, and wholesalers to tell them a when a medication is being recalled. A drug recall occurs when a medication is removed from the market because it is found to be either defective or potentially harmful.

 

A recall may be issued if a medication is:

A health hazard: If there is some health risks associated with the medication.

Mislabeled or packaged poorly: If there is a problem with the dosing tool provided with the drug.

Poorly manufactured: If there are defects related to poor quality, impurities, and incorrect potency of the drug from the manufacturer.

 

The recalls are graded according to the seriousness of the threat to the public’s health by the FDA into three categories:

Class I Recall: a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

Class II Recall: a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

Class III Recall: a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.

 

If you are taking a medication that has been recalled, take your supply of this medicine to the pharmacy to reduce your risk of illness or injury.  You can also talk to your health care providers about the best course of action for you.