Over the summer of 2018, there were more drug recalls than usual, including contaminated valsartan medication and the recall of hydrochlorothiazide tablets. These two recalls affected consumers with high blood pressure, and for many raised questions about the safety of the U.S.’s prescription drug supply.
In general, the U.S. has a very safe supply of prescription drugs. Drugs can be recalled for a number of reasons. Not all recalls are due to health concerns. The biggest reasons for recalls include mislabeling of the drug, contamination of the drug, a manufacturing issue has led to poor quality, the drug’s packaging or labeling is defective or misleading, and the drug threatens patients’ health.
If you hear of a drug recall, you should stay calm. In many cases, only a small batch of a particular drug is recalled and the recall only affects a small percentage of patients. You should call your pharmacy to find out if your particular drug was recalled. If it was, do not stop taking the medication until you have talked to your doctor. Some medications are so crucial that even if they are recalled, the patient should continue taking them. If your over-the-counter medication has been recalled, you should stop taking it and return it to the store for a refund or a replacement.
If you believe that you have been adversely affected by a prescription drug, you may have a legal right to compensation. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston prescription drug recall attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. They can help. Call today to learn more or visit their YouTube channel to learn more about the firm.