Defective drugs are pharmaceuticals that are deemed unsafe and removed from the market. Patients harmed by defective drugs may feel betrayed, angry and confused by how a harmful medication ever reached store shelves. The Houston drug recall attorneys at Terry & Thweatt represent Texans injured by defective drugs and recalled drugs.
Drug recalls by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) can be issued for any of the following reasons:
- The drug causes serious side effects
- The FDA discovers a safer alternative
- Consumers find an alternative use that result in serious injury
- Manufacturing error causes contamination
Terry & Thweatt have extensive knowledge of the various levels of FDA recalls and the drug recall process. This familiarity with defective drugs makes Terry & Thweatt your choice to stop negligent drug companies and win a financial settlement for your injuries and suffering.
Types of Drug Recalls
Drug recalls are classified by the severity of the danger posed by the recalled drug. If you have taken a drug that was part of any recall, don’t delay in contacting the Houston drug recall attorneys at Terry & Thweatt. Even if you never felt adverse reactions from the medicine, it can be possible for the side effects to show up later in life or be masked by other medications. Class I recalls are the most serious type and can place your life at risk. The three main types of drug recalls are:
- Class I Recall – Reasonable probably that a person using the drug will have serious health problems or death.
- Class II Recall – Use or exposure to the medicine may cause temporary or reversible health problems with a remote risk for severe injury or death.
- Class III Recall – Use of the drug is not likely to cause adverse side effects
In addition to the three classes of recalls, there can be a recall called a market withdrawal. This usually indicates that the manufacturer wants to pull the drug from the market, not the FDA. A market withdrawal often happens when a drug manufacturer learns of tampering or manufacturing mistakes. Negligent pharmaceutical companies that fail to catch these problems may place patients at risk for severe injury or death.
How Will I Know About a Recall?
When the FDA recalls the drug, they use their government website and the media to spread the information about the defective product. When a manufacturer recalls a drug, they must notify all retailers about the recall. The notification must inform the reseller, request they stop distribution, request notification of customers, and include instructions for handling the defective drug.
There have been cases when the drug retailer or pharmacy fails to notify customers and continues to sell the drug. In this instance, the Houston drug recall attorneys at Terry & Thweatt could direct your lawsuit towards the manufacturer and retailer of the recalled drug.
Injuries from recalled drugs can be serious and life altering. Catastrophic injury from ingesting a defective drug has happened, and victims may experience permanent damage to their health. If a defective or recalled drug has injured you or a loved one, contact the injury lawyers at Terry & Thweatt for a free consultation and review of your injury.