House Bill Gives FDA Power to Recall Drugs

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Many Americans assume that the Food and Drug Administration has the power to mandatorily recall prescription and over-the-counter drugs. However, that’s not true – the agency only has the power to mandatorily recall infant formula, medical devises, tissue products, and biologics.

A representative from Connecticut recently introduced a new bill that gives the FDA the power to give the FDA mandatory recall authority over drugs and homeopathic products. Currently, the FDA can request that a drug manufacturer remove a product from the market because it is unsafe, but the company can refuse.

As an example, last month, the FDA contacted Standard Homeopathic Company, asking that it recall its Hyland’s homeopathic teething products because they contained elevated levels of belladonna, which has been linked to over 400 adverse events in children. The company refused to recall the teething tablets.

Watchdog groups have cheered the bill, pointing out that most Americans assume that the FDA already has the authority to order a recall of prescription medications and over-the counter medications. Instead, the FDA only has the power to publicize the dangers of the product, or to go through a complex legal process to take action against manufacturers that manufacture unsafe drugs.

If you have been harmed by an unsafe over-the-counter or prescription medication, you may wish to seek legal compensation from the manufacturer of the drug. To learn more about your legal options, call the team at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today or visit us on Google Plus to learn more. 

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