How the FDA warns consumers about prescription drug recalls

Upwards of millions of prescription drugs are manufactured and distributed everyday. With over-the-counter medication, too, there are a lot of drugs on the market these days. Prescription drugs can help those suffering from a medical condition manage, or possibly even cure, their symptoms. However, in some unfortunate cases a drug can have the opposite effect.

All prescription drugs have some likelihood to produce adverse affects. However, when these negative effects are due to an error in manufacturing defects or marketing defects, the company is forced to put out a prescription drug recall. Drug recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm's own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.

The goal of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is to remove harmful products from the market that could harm or even kill unsuspecting users. The FDA launched a program to warn consumers of drug recalls before they are classified into probability of harm tiers. It is recommended that anyone that has been notified of a drug recall of medication speak with their health care professional about what to do next. If they are interested in returning prescription drugs due to their dangerous nature, stores usually have a return and refund policy when a company has announced a recall of its products.

If a drug has been listed as recalled and a victim suffers side effects related to the recall of that drug, it is often best to seek help. Sometimes the damage from a mislabeled or poorly manufactured drug is devastating. It is not the user's fault if a drug was recalled due to unfit consumer safety conditions.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "Drug Recalls," Accessed on October 19, 2015

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