While you can rely on your medical team to provide information on drug safety, don't overlook the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also shares a variety of details to help you avoid trouble.
If you find that your medication has been recalled, the best thing you can do is stop taking it and then consult with your doctor. At that point, you can talk about any impact it has had on your health, as well as why it was prescribed in the first place.
The FDA shares the following data regarding recalls:
- Brand name
- Product description
- Reason or problem
Like most, you'll probably focus on the brand name of the drug and the reason or problem that exists.
With some recalls, you don't have to worry too much about it having a negative impact on your health. An example of this would be cracked glass of a vial. It's not something you want to come across, but it may not have a direct impact on your health.
Conversely, there are other recalls, such as those stating "potential microbial contamination which compromises sterility," that are much more dangerous.
Even if you rely heavily on your doctor, pharmacist and the FDA, there is still a chance you could take some type of medication that leads to an additional health concern.
If this happens to you, seek medical attention, learn more about any recalls and then focus on your legal rights and the steps you can take against the negligent party (which could include the manufacturer and a medical professional).
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "Drug Recalls," accessed March 07, 2018