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More on drug recalls

Recalled drugs have the potential to cause serious harm if used. The FDA identifies several kinds of defects giving rise to the recall of drugs. Some of these defects include lack of sterility, sub-potency, incorrect labeling, wrong ingredients or contamination with bacteria or some particulate matter. Other drugs are recalled because they have been unapproved as a new drug or contain undeclared drugs.

What makes a drug defective?

A pharmaceutical drug may be considered defective if its effects, manufacturing, labeling or inadequate warning has caused harm to a consumer. In Louisiana, a product liability case involving drugs may proceed under one of these theories or a combination of all of them. A drug may have harmful side effects that were  previously unknown or concealed. There may also have been issues with a drug’s manufacturing, which cause it to either be corrupted in its composition or otherwise contaminated or improperly packaged. If a drug’s labeling provides insufficient information or an inadequate warning, then use of the drug on that basis could cause harm. Instructions also may be deficient or incomplete and recommendations on the use of the drug could be incorrect.

Federal class action for prescription blood thinner

It is important for prescription drug users in Louisiana to be aware of the potential side effects of the medications they are taking and avoid dangerous interactions. Sometimes, however, patients are simply not given enough information to make an informed decision about whether or not to use a drug. In these cases, defective drug lawsuits can arise. Here is a rundown of the legal basis for these types of lawsuits and one current defective drug lawsuit that has the potential to affect many patients in the United States.

What if a drug you are taking has been recalled?

You have likely heard horror stories about people dying or suffering serious injuries after taking contaminated drugs. Your fear, then, is well-founded after hearing that a drug you have been taking has been recalled. Whether you purchased it over the counter at a pharmacy in Baton Rouge or it was prescribed by your doctor, defective drugs can present significant dangers. So what should you do when you find out about a recall?

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