What to Do if the FDA Recalls Your Medication
Courtney Sweasy—February 15, 2019
What Does it Mean if a Drug Is Recalled?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls pharmaceutical products or asks the manufacturer to recall it after receiving multiple complaints about the product’s effects on consumers. A recall does not necessarily mean that a drug will result in immediate harm if you continue taking it, but it does mean you must take action to protect yourself and ensure you are operating based on the trustworthy input of your physician.
Should I Stop Taking My Medication After a Recall?
If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins investigating your prescription drug or recalls it, it is generally best to contact your physician as soon as possible, discuss any adverse side effects you may be experiencing, and continue taking your medication as instructed until you and your doctor are able to find alternative treatment (unless your doctor instructs you to do otherwise). Even if there is some risk associated with your drug, tossing out your prescription and discontinuing use without speaking to a physician could put you at risk of developing serious, immediate health problems.
When you contact your doctor about your prescription, they may instruct you to immediately discontinue use, in which case you must do so. Protect yourself by consulting with your physician as soon as possible in order to get the answers you need.
Call (855) 212-8200 if You Have Been Harmed by a Recalled Pharmaceutical Product
At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we provide skillful, compassionate legal representation for people who have been injured or fallen ill due to unsafe pharmaceutical products, including medications, implant devices, and more. If you have experienced negative side effects while using a product that has been recalled voluntarily or by the FDA, we urge you to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Bringing in a Virginia drug injury lawyer can give you a chance to recover the compensation you need to afford the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other damages that may result from using an unsafe pharmaceutical drug.
By Courtney Sweasy