Medication Recalls: How to Find Out, What to Do and Liability
Every year, there are dozens of medications recalled because they’re not safe for use. These drugs pose health concerns ranging from birth defects to heart attacks when used by patients, and can be incredibly dangerous. Here’s how to learn more about medication recalls, and what to do if this form of medical malpractice affects you.
How to Learn About Dangerous Medications
If you’re taking a medication, learning about medication recalls could be critical to your health. To check for medication (and other product) recalls, visit www.Recalls.gov. The website promotes itself as a “one stop shop” for U.S. government recalls.
By clicking the Medicine tab, you can view any recall information for the following product types listed.
- Medical devices
- Other biologics
- Blood and plasma products
- Veterinary products
You can also learn more about recalled medications by visiting the FDA recalls, market withdraws, and safety alerts website found here: www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/.
What to Do if Affected by a Recalled Product
If you are currently taking a recalled medication, the first thing that you should do is stop taking the medication upon immediate consultation and instruction from your health care provider (do not cease medication use without direction from a doctor).
Then, learn as much as you can about the recalled drug, including potential side effects and health hazards. If you believe that you may be a victim of the drug’s repercussions, contact an attorney immediately to learn more about liability and compensation.
A Drug Manufacturer’s Liability for Patient Harm
If the recalled medication caused patient harm or health complications, then the drug’s manufacturer may be held liable under product liability laws.
Other parties that may be held accountable include this list.
- The hospital that employs the doctor who wrote the prescription
- The pharmacy where the order was filled
- A medication distributor
- The doctor who wrote the prescription
- The pharmacist who filled the prescription
This is not a narrowly defined law situation. If your eye doctor mistakenly prescribed you a defunct medication then s/he could be held liable for optometry malpractice, for example.
The liable party will handle paying for damages for the injured person. If you have incurred medical expenses, suffered emotionally or physically, or sustained other financial burdens as a result of a defective or dangerous medication, you have the right to legal recourse. Don’t hesitate to take action to meet with an attorney as soon as possible.
An Atlanta Injury Attorney Can Represent You!
For legal representation and clarification about product liability suits and recalled medications, reach out to the attorneys at the Law Office of Jason R. Shultz, P.C. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys can guide you through what you need to know about your rights. To learn more today, set up your free case consultation by calling 404-474-0804 or filling out a contact form online.
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