Millions of Americans rely on prescription drugs to live a healthy and comfortable life. But, what if one of those drugs were to be recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? For one, you should immediately stop taking the drug, even if you haven’t experienced any side effects. Here are the steps to take if your prescription drug is recalled.
Pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications are thoroughly tested prior to hitting the market, but these tests don’t always guarantee that a defect will be found. Many defective drugs are found by patients who suffer side effects not previously mentioned. They are then reported to the FDA, which decides whether or not to issue a recall.
If you hear of a prescription drug recall, the first thing you should do is research the recall via the website of the FDA. Here you will find recall information on the latest drug recalls. You will be able to search by name, date of recall or the company that manufactured the drug.
You should immediately stop taking the medication, even if you haven’t experienced any negative side effects. This can be difficult for some to wrap their heads around, especially if the drug truly helps them live comfortably. Return the drug to your pharmacist or simply get rid of it.
Make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation. The doctor will want to examine you for lasting side effects of taking the drug and how it affects the issue the drug was treating. Your doctor will also be able to prescribe you a different drug that is for your condition.
The last thing you should do is speak with a personal injury attorney about the drug recall and how it affected your health.
Were you or a loved one harmed by a defective drug involved in a prescription drug recall? Contact our office in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss your case and learn more about your rights.