The FDA issues recalls for harmful drugs in order to protect the public, but does not do a great job of communicating that information, a new article by Reuters points out.
FDA fails to send alerts for one in five medication recalls
Researchers found that the FDA failed to send notifications for one in five of the most serious recall categories through its electronic alert systems for doctors and the public.
These recalls were considered Class I recalls, which means that these drugs have the potential to cause serious adverse consequences or death.
Between 2004 and 2011, researchers state that there were more than 1,700 drug recalls listed in the FDA's reports; 91 of those were serious Class I recalls. The FDA'S system is certainly lacking, however, because they sent alerts for only 55 of the 91 Class I recalls.
As consumers, it's disturbing to learn that the big retail chain pharmacies and government agencies designed to protect us cannot keep us safe from all medication errors. That's why it's important to contact an experienced attorney if you have taken a recalled drug.
A lawyer can help you recover compensation after suffering an injury from recalled medication
Many times, recalled drugs can sometimes cause severe physical and neurological impairments or even death. If you or a loved one suffered side effects after taking a dangerous recalled drug you should contact an attorney to discuss the facts of your case. A Houston personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you have a claim for compensation of your injuries.
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