What are reasons medications may be recalled?

Thursday February 28, 2019

When you buy medicine from a Connecticut pharmacy, whether over-the-counter medicine or a prescription drug, you want that medicine to improve your state of health. However, some medicines have the potential to degrade a person’s health or cause death due to defects. Sometimes the producers of a medication discover problems with their products. When this occurs, the manufacturer will issue a recall of the drug. There are a number of reasons why drugs may be recalled.

As WebMD points out, there have been times when medication has been out on the market and health problems have resulted from use. In these instances, the potential for the medication to develop health issues was not known at the time the drug was manufactured. However, as people used the medication, the fact that the medicine caused illness or other problems became evident.

It is also possible that the manufacturer has discovered production problems with the drug after it has been marketed. A drug might not possess enough potency to fight off an ailment. Some drugs turn out to be inferior in quality or have purity issues. There are also recalls that occur because the medicine was contaminated. While some contaminations can be benign, others may cause harm to someone taking the medication.

Manufacturers might also find a number of other problems with their products. Sometimes the drug is not what the label on the bottle claims that it is. The medicine could be totally different than what is advertised on the container. In other cases, the drug name is correct, but other information on the label, such as the recommended dosage or the dosage instructions, is not.

Since problems with prescription or over-the-counter medication vary from person to person, you should not consider this article as legal advice. Its purpose is to educate readers on product liability topics.

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