Defective Drugs: What Should I Do If A Drug I Take Is Recalled?

When the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)[1] recalls a prescription drug that you are taking, what should you do? It’s tough to know, since your doctor has told you to take the medicine for your health, although others are telling you that the drug might harm you.As soon as possible, find out the specific details of the recall. Recalls come in the form of Class I, Class II, and Class III recalls. In a Class I recall, a drug will probably not cause adverse heath consequences, while in a Class II recall, a drug could result in serious health problems or even death. Read the

FDA’s press release about the recalled drug[2]. Every drug is different and every drug recall is different, and in the press release FDA officials will specifically suggest your next action, whether it is to stop taking the defective drug[3] immediately or whether it is to continue taking your prescription but be aware of your reactions to it.In all cases, we recommend that you talk to your doctor about any recalled drug that you are taking. Your doctor is the person most familiar with your health and history and also most likely to understand the risks of the prescription drug in question. He or she will know the seriousness of the recall and also find a new drug or treatment for your health concern.

The FDA has a mailing list that alerts subscribers to any new

drug recalls, warnings, or market withdrawals[4]. You may sign up for those alerts here.[5]


  1. ^ Food & Drug Administration (FDA) (
  2. ^ FDA’s press release about the recalled drug (
  3. ^ defective drug (
  4. ^ drug recalls, warnings, or market withdrawals (
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