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US Drug Recalls Happen and Most People Don’t Know It

Medical Malpractice AttorneyHave you gone to refill a medication and were told it was not available? Drug recalls are cases that New York medical malpractice attorneys often handle because they occur on a regular basis and have significant consequences for their victims. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalls drugs about once per month, but it does not do a good job of alerting patients or doctors about this practice.

According to a study recently published in the Archives for Internal Medicine, over an 8-year period, the FDA failed to send any notifications for one in five of the most serious category of recalls. It has a simple, electronic system to use to alert doctors and the public about these potentially devastating drug recalls. These drugs are Class I recalls and according to the FDA, if taken, they have the potential to cause serious adverse health consequences or death. For example, in one case, the contaminated blood thinner heparin could lead to deaths in some dialysis patients.

In this study, conducted between 2004 and 2011, researchers counted more than 1700 drug recalls listed in the FDA’s enforcement reports. 91 of these were called Class I recalls. 2900 announcements went through the Recall Alert System. Only 55 of those 91 Class I recalls had notifications sent. Another system sent 18 of the additional notifications and the other 18 had no recall notices sent.

Have you taken medications and had serious side effects as a result? Did your loved one die from complications from a medication? What if you learned it was recalled prior to their death or injury? When this happens, you should contact New York medical malpractice attorneys to discuss your case. Our team of New Jersey malpractice lawyers works closely with you to determine if the injury could have been avoided.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a personal injury or accident, please contact Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. personal injury lawyers serving injured victims in New York and New Jersey at 800-529-9997.

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