My Prescription is on a Recall List, What Should I do?

When your doctor prescribes you medication, you take it and expect to get better. However, no one ever expects to get worse from following the doctor’s orders or see their medication being recalled. A drug recall is when a over-the-counter or prescription medication is taken from the market because it has been discovered to be defective or potentially harmful. In any case, the number of prescription recalls has been on the rise over the last few years. If you are taking a specific medication and you notice it is on a recall list, you should take the following steps.

Contact Your Doctor

As soon as you notice your medication on a recall list, you should immediately contact your physician. Since the physician prescribed the medication for you, they should be able to determine an alternate medication that hasn’t been recalled. If your physician is unable to see you immediately, you should at least speak to a nurse and let them know the urgency of the situation.

Talk to Your Physician

After you have contacted your physician, it’s important to sit down and have a discussion about your health. If you are experiencing any type of out of normal or adverse side effects from the recalled drug, you should make it point to discuss all of the side effects you are experiencing with your doctor. At the same time, it’s important to ask and discuss any possible delayed side effects that could come later after you have stopped taking the drug. Most importantly, you should be honest and open with your physician.

Call Your Attorney

When drugs are recalled, Since the drug has been recalled, more than likely the drug is the cause of some adverse side effect. As a result, the recalled drug may result in you having to incur additional medical expenses. It’s important for you to speak to an attorney early on during this process because you shouldn’t have to be responsible for the pharmaceutical company’s negligence.
If you see your medication listed as a recalled drug, it’s important to contact your attorney. Keep in mind, the process could be long drawn out and requires your persistence. However, you may be entitled to be a part of an already existing class-action lawsuit. On the other hand, you may have an individual lawsuit. In either case, you may be able to use the lawsuit to recover financial damages from being unable to work, medical expenses, rehabilitation, and pain. Simply put, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for taking a drug that has been recalled.


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