When Does the FDA Recall Drugs?

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of pillsThe FDA will recall drugs if the drug has become more risky than helpful. When it becomes clear that a drug is unsafe or has dangerous side effects it will be taken off the market. Unfortunately, some drugs harmful qualities are not apparent until the drug is out in the world. Because of this, the FDA is responsible for monitoring these products and ensuring their safety.

How Do Recalls Vary?

The most common recalls happen due to a drug having dangerous side effects, but there are other events that can instigate a recall. For example, if the FDA finds a safer version of a drug it will recall the more harmful one. Consumers abusing a drug to the point of injury or death may also be reason enough for a recall. Recalls are categorized by how hazardous the drug’s threats are. The following are different groups of recalls.

  • Class I recall is when the chances are high that a drug has or will cause serious injuries and possibly death.
  • Class II recall is when there is a slight chance that contact with a drug may cause temporary or treatable health damages.
  • Class III recall is when there is little to no chance of a drug causing harm.
  • Market withdrawal is seen when a drug has been tampered with after it has already been manufactured. Causing it to be defective by something that the FDA does not monitor.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective drug, contact an injury attorney at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. Call (609)348-1106 today for a free initial consultation.



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