Prescription drugs are not usually recalled as often as other consumer products, such as cars. When a prescription drug recall occurs, it can be difficult to notify consumers of the recall. If it’s a very popular prescription drug that is recalled, the recall is likely to be well-publicized and consumers are likely to hear of the recall. However, many drugs may have less than half a million or a million users, which will most likely not make the news.
Many drug companies are not eager to notify the public or to draw attention to their error. They may issue the recall because they are forced to, while secretly hoping the public at large does not become aware of the recall. The Food and Drug Administration requires that customers be notified of a recall, but that does not include the patients who use the drugs. The customers are pharmacies, doctors, insurance companies, or other entities. The news often does not leak down to consumers of the drugs.
It’s important for prescription drug users to monitor recalls, especially if the drugs they take are not widely used across the country. You may consider asking your pharmacist if the pharmacy will notify you if there’s a drug recall, or sign up online with a service that will notify you of drug recalls.
Although drug companies make hundreds of millions and even billions in profit every year, they are often unwilling to take responsibility when their drugs cause harm to consumers. If you have been harmed by a prescription drug, you have the right to compensation from the manufacturer or other parties. Call the dangerous prescription drug attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Google Plus to learn more.