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Drug Recalls: What To Do If You Are Prescribed

It can be extremely disturbing to find out you have been taking a drug that has been recalled. Although not always detrimental, it is important to know the facts about why the drug recalls have occurred and what to do for your health and safety.


Why Are Drugs Recalled?


A variety of situations factor into the recall of an over-the-counter or prescription drug ranging from extremely hazardous to faulty usage explanations.


Health Hazard

Some drugs are recalled due to hazardous qualities. There may be an unexpected side effect  that didn’t go through the testing stage before distribution. This mistake can be life changing and sometimes fatal.


Mislabeled or Incorrect Packaging

If the directions are confusing to a majority of users, the drug will typically be recalled until effective instructions are written. Other instances include an improper dosage printed on the label or a side effect that was left out unintentionally.



It can happen in any step of the process from the actual formation of the pills to manufacturing and distribution. There are times when a substance, harmful or not, is unintentionally added to the medicine, changing its effectiveness.


What To Do If Your Medicine Is Recalled


  • Immediately stop taking the drug
  • Contact your prescribing physician to discuss side effects that you experienced due to the recall, or future problems you may experience
  • Find a replacement drug recommended by the prescribing physician
  • Properly dispose of the drug
  • s – bottles usually have specific instructions on how to dispose of the product. If not, grind the pills into coffee grinds or cat litter and throw it away in a sealed container or bag
  • Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer

A full list of up-to-date drug recalls are posted online by the FDA, here. If you or someone you know has been prescribed one of these drugs, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas as soon as possible for a free consultation. You could be eligible for compensation.