Medical Recalls: Why Are Drugs Recalled

June 16, 2015 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
Medical Recalls: Why Are Drugs Recalled

The automotive industry is not the only industry that has been forced to issue numerous recalls. Pharmaceutical companies that produce medical devices, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications have been issuing drug recalls at a rate that should worry the public. Pharmaceutical companies have an obligation to help Americans who are ill by producing safe drugs and safe medical devices. When they fail to uphold this obligation, our drug litigation advocates work to help drug injury victims get the compensation that they deserve. If a recalled drug has harmed you or a member of your family, contact our law firm.

Why Are Drugs Recalled?

Whether it is Invokana, transvaginal mesh, herbal supplements or other drugs, the pharmaceutical industry has been plagued by an influx of recalls in the last few years. Drug recalls are announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the drug manufacturing companies when there are widespread reports that a product is dangerous or medical researchers reveal the dangers of a drug. Although it would be ideal if dangers to the public were identified before products were sold on the market, sometimes dangerous side effects and hazards are not revealed until the general public uses a drug. A number of additional factors can lead authorities to recall drugs, including:
  • Mislabeling
  • Contamination
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Dangerous side effects
If you are concerned that you may be taking a dangerous drug, contact your pharmacist. Drugs are usually labelled by lot numbers, which are the numbers that manufacturers use to identify which drugs were produced in each batch. Your pharmacist will be able to tell you whether your medication has been recalled. Additionally, you can consult the manufacturers website, the FDA recall site or general news stories.

Dangerous Drug Injury Law Firm

Under the law, companies are required to issue widespread announcements about dangerous drugs that have been recalled. For decades, the personal injury attorneys at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy have devoted themselves to helping injured and vulnerable drug victims get justice and compensation. We have battled companies large and small and our proven results speak for themselves.