Fortunately, the vast majority of prescription and over the counter drugs in the U.S. are very safe. A very small percentage of drugs is recalled each year, and usually the number of people harmed as a result of taking the drugs is fairly small.
However, recalls do happen, and when an individual discovers his or her medication has been recalled, it can be frightening. In some cases, it is not safe to stop taking the drug without having a replacement. You may be unable to speak to a doctor if you learn of the recall after hours or on the weekend.
If you learn that your prescription drug has been recalled, look up the recall information on the FDA’s website. You can learn more about why the drug was recalled and what you should do. You should also call your pharmacist. He or she will know what to do, and may have replacement medication available. Call your doctor as well. You may need a different medication, and your doctor can advise you on what to use instead of the recalled drug. Finally, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the recall and you cannot reach your doctor, go to the emergency room, especially if your symptoms are severe.
In many cases, if you experience negative side effects because of the dangerous medication, you are eligible for compensation. Call the drug recall attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more about our firm.