What Should I Do If A Drug I Am Taking Is Recalled?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls dozes of over-the-counter and prescription drugs each year – and many of these recalls take place because patients have been harmed or could be harmed by the defective medications. However, it is difficult to know what to do when a drug that you use or that has been prescribed to you is recalled – you are taking the drug for a specific medical reason, but could the drug also be a danger to your health?

The most important thing to do when you see that a drug you use is being recalled by the FDA or by the manufacturer is to read the official recall information provided. The official drug recall information will often include a specific reason for the recall, whether or not patients have been harmed by the drug, and what those taking the drug now should do. If the recall urges patients to stop taking the drug immediately, follow their instruction. If the drug recall informs you that the drug has not harmed anyone and is being recalled for other reasons (such as labeling mistakes, for example), do not stop taking your drug until talking with your doctor.

Whatever the details of the drug recall, it is vital that you speak with your doctor (or another medical professional) about the recall and whether or not you should continue use of the possibly defective drug. Your doctor will know more about situation and will also be able to prescribe or recommend a new drug that has not been pulled off shelves.