Medical Device Recalls and Product Updates

For patients who need to take medication for a health condition, drug recalls are significant alerts to track.  In the most severe situations, catching a recall quickly may literally be the difference between life and death. 

Recalls from the pharmaceutical industry are crucial due to the physical or psychological harm an inferior medication could inflict.  It’s essential for patients, doctors, family members, and friends to keep current with the most recent drug recalls and alerts relevant to their situation.

Why Are Drugs Recalled?

Every year, in the USA alone, patients take out billions of prescriptions. Prescribed medicine is a fundamental region of the country’s healthcare.  Sadly, not all prescription medications workout too well as the producer intended.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests or requires a company to make drug recalls, when a drug maker finds a problem and voluntarily removes the product.

In the case of FDA recalls, the agency has statutory authority to request pharma companies to pull a drug from the marketplace if the risk is big enough.

Different Levels of FDA Recall

The FDA breaks its medication recalls down to three classes: Class I, II, and III. Class One is the very acute, followed by three and two.  This is what each level means for the patients and consumer:

  • Class I Recall – The drug has an issue where there is reason to believe it could cause “serious adverse health consequences or death” if used.
  • Class II Recall – The drug has an issue that could prompt “temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” This level of recall can also be issued for more serious potential risks but where the probability of major consequences is remote.
  • Class III Recall – The drug has an identified issue but it is “not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

Understanding the three classes of recall helps individuals and pharmaceutical companies likewise to manage risks more efficiently. It’s crucial to be aware that with this system set up, are often only recalled after a problem has been identified while the product is in general use.   The recall may come too late for many patients, in which point it’s recommended that they contact a medical practitioner and seek legal guidance , where suitable.

The Latest Drug Recalls

As well as monitoring the latest Hurt Now blog entries and Facebook posts, we recommend the feed below for the latest recalls, research, and drug information announced by the FDA on Twitter.

You can also read full details on the latest drug alerts here.