Atlanta Defective Product Attorneys Discuss Five Reasons for Drug Recalls

The Atlanta defective product lawyers of Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. have extensive experience with cases that involve injuries and deaths arising out of recalled drugs and other products. The use of recalled drugs can have serious adverse health consequences. An attorney at one of our eight locations in Georgia is ready to assist you in your injury case.

Below, the lawyers at our firm discuss five reasons for drug recalls:

Formulation
Contamination
Dangerous side effects
Unapproved ingredients
Inadequate testing

Formulation

When a drug is not made properly, it is recalled. For example, if you buy a pain reliever and the package holds a sleep aid, the product will be recalled. Or if the potency of the drug is different from the label on the package, a recall is in order. Other problems include pills that may be oversized or undersized.

Contamination
A recall may occur when a drug has foreign objects in it such as particles of metal, silicone, or rubber. Other reasons for contamination include finding allergens, glass, or toxic substances in the drug or packaging. Non-sterility of drugs that must be sterile can lead to fatalities.

Dangerous side effects
A drug may go through rigorous testing and pass muster with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, dangerous side effects can develop over time, resulting in an FDA recall or a voluntary recall by a manufacturer.

Unapproved ingredients
When a drug contains unapproved ingredients, it is recalled to prevent it becoming a danger to users. Dietary supplements that contain undeclared regulated drugs are potentially harmful and can be recalled.

Inadequate testing
Manufacturers often do the minimum in their rush to get a drug to the marketplace. This inadequate testing leads to drugs being recalled on a fairly regular basis.

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