When a doctor prescribes a medication, most patients assume it is a safe drug. In this country, every drug on the market must adhere to the strict regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, there have been many cases in which a drug that was approved by the FDA was later found to cause harm to patients. These drugs are typically recalled and providers cease prescribing them. It does take time, though, to get the information to the public and implement the recall. If you’ve recently discovered that you are taking a drug recalled by the manufacturer or the FDA, what should you do?
Five Steps to Staying Safe With a Recalled Drug
If you find you are taking a recalled medication, follow these steps to protect your health and your personal rights.
- Remain calm. Don’t panic. Gather information before deciding what action is most beneficial for your unique situation.
- Call your doctor. Your prescribing physician should also know about the drug recall. Do not stop taking your medication without discussing the situation with a medical professional. It can be dangerous to abruptly discontinue the use of some medications. Discuss the situation with your doctor to decide the best plan of action.
- Visit the FDA website to learn more. The FDA’s website will list the type of recall for your medication. There are three classes of recalls, with class 1 being the most potentially harmful classification. When a drug is recalled or is found to have new adverse side effects, the FDA will share whatever information is available.
- Seek treatment for adverse reactions. If you believe the drug has caused an adverse reaction or a new or worsening health issue, seek treatment. Do not wait, as this can be detrimental to both your health and a future legal case.
- Contact an experienced attorney. Defective drug cases are typically complex and can involve many plaintiffs. If you believe you have been harmed by a defective drug, it can be extremely frustrating and difficult to take on a large pharmaceutical corporation alone. A skilled attorney will have the knowledge, experience and confidence to offer effective guidance and vigorous representation.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to a defective drug, you may be eligible for compensation. Chat live with an experienced member of the Morris James Personal Injury Group legal team to learn more about your rights today.