Maryland Hospital Malpractice Lawyers: Where Can I Find Out About the Latest Medication Recalls?March 15, 2012
A recall is when a company takes action to remove a product from the market. Recalls can happen because of:
- The company’s own initiative
- An FDA request
- An FDA order
Recalls are Class I, II, or III. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Class I recall—A situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
- Class II recall—A situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.
- Class III recall—A situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.
In February 2012, there were several medication recalls listed on the FDA website, such as:
- Regeneca—Use of these products may pose a threat to consumers because it may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.
- Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets—The recall is being implemented because of a packaging error, where select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date visible only on the outer pouch.
- Wholistic Herbs, Inc. “Koff & Kold”— Products intended for use in the eye that are non-sterile have the potential to cause eye infections, which may be sight threatening. Also, nasal solutions that are not sterile could lead to a respiratory infection.
To find out about the most current drug recalls, visit this webpage on the FDA site.