It has been proven that pharmaceutical companies—in certain instances—have allowed their motivation to turn a profit to surpass their responsibility to ensure consumer safety, and while many of the drugs made available to us are effective in their ability to cure, there still remains a number of drugs that are ultimately defective, leaving a person with severe, sometimes life-threatening injuries. Ultimately, this type of irresponsibility is what leads to large lawsuits against drug manufacturers.

What Should I Do If A Drug I Take Is Recalled?

When the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recalls a prescription drug that you are taking, what should you do? It's tough to know, since your doctor has told you to take the medicine for your health, although others are telling you that the drug might harm you.

As soon as possible, find out the specific details of the recall. Recalls come in the form of Class I, Class II, and Class III recalls. In a Class I recall, a drug will probably not cause adverse health consequences, while in a Class II recall, a drug could result in serious health problems or even death. Read the FDA's press release about the recalled drug. Every drug is different, and every drug recall is different. In the press release, FDA officials will specifically suggest your next action, whether it is to stop taking the defective drug immediately or whether it is to continue taking your prescription, but be aware of your reactions to it.

In all cases, we recommend that you talk to your doctor about any recalled drug that you are taking.

The FDA has a mailing list that alerts subscribers to any new drug recalls, warnings, or market withdrawals. You may sign up for those alerts here.