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Should the FDA rethink its drug recall process?

There are thousands of types of medication for the thousands of different illnesses or diseases that exist in the world today. Most of the time doctors are careful and cautious as they prescribe medication to individuals. However, when someone in the Nashville area is prescribed a drug that is dangerous or defective the consequences can be very devastating to that person.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug companies have already recalled more than 30 prescription drugs, this year alone. However, when a company recalls a drug or the FDA forces a company to pull a drug, how much is done to let the public know? The FDA has been experimenting with a weekly report, which is designed to let Americans know when a drug has been recalled. However, there are several problems with the reporting process.

First, if a drug is recalled the day after the report is issued, then another week goes by before that drug is included in the report. The FDA is also failing to announce or even release the information to the press when a drug is recalled. By not taking these kinds of measures the FDA could leave people who are taking dangerous or defective products vulnerable to serious consequences.

There are steps that the FDA could take to improve the reporting of recalled drugs. One of them would be to mandate drug companies to directly notify all consumers via email or direct mail when a drug has been recalled. When someone is the victim of a dangerous or defective drug, he or she may have good reason to file a lawsuit against the drug company who is responsible.

Source: The Huffington Post, “When Your Medicine Makes You Sick,” Spencer Aronfeld, August 8, 2013

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