The very reason that people take drugs is to be relieved of all the uncomfortable sensation they have going on through their bodies. However, there are times when harmful side effects show in a delayed manner which may sometimes take up to a few years before showing up. When the side effects show up, the Food and Drug Administration or FDA will work with the drug manufacturers to make a recall. The process of recall will usually take some time and during the time of recall, the prospective harmful drug is left sitting on pharmacies making it available for consumers. It poses a threat to all and may cause debilitating illnesses further complicating what condition you may already have.
Oftentimes, drug manufacturers volunteer to deal with the issue of prescription drug recalls. When a product or drug in this case is discovered as defective and potentially dangerous, manufacturers more often than not issue a recall on their own. However, the FDA can also issue a recall based on reports that they have collated. This recall is mandatory and drug companies would need to follow. When this happens, the purported harmful drug that is out in the market can be quickly removed.
Other times however, this process can take a rough, long ride. The manufacturing company can be taken to court following the authority of the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Below are the things that the FDA can do under this act.
• Hold a formal recall
• Forfeit the product
• Issue a cease and desist order to prevent the company from producing the same product
Drug recall is classified into three types. If the FDA calls for a prescription drug recall, the manufacturers of the prescription drug being recalled should be responsible and ascertain that the recalls are productive. It would be their responsibility to inform the FDA that the prescription drug recall has commenced and make and/or submit progress notes. After the recall process, the FDA will then facilitate the destruction of the harmful prescription drug. The investigation of the reasons why there was the necessity of the recall is being supervised by the FDA as well as the reasons why the prescription drug was considered dangerous and harmful to consumers.
If you have taken a recalled prescription drug, the first thing you need to do is to call your physician. Your physician can ascertain if ever there is any harm done to you by the drug that you have taken. Your physician would most likely give you a different prescription for your medication. Whether or not the recalled drug has an effect on you, you have the option of filing a lawsuit. You can get in touch with other affected consumers and submit a class lawsuit. Getting in touch with a lawyer specializing in recall lawsuits can help you go through everything in a breeze.