Manufacturers and government agencies sometimes recall drugs and medical
devices because of minor irregularities, such as labeling errors or small
defects that don’t pose a threat to public health. However, occasionally,
recalls of such products are due to serious problems that can put lives
at risk. You can find out about these scary product recalls through the
Two websites offer an easy way to keep apprised of the latest recalls.
The Food and Drug Administration
recall page lists recalls made in the last 60 days.
Recalls.gov also offers a quick way of checking to see whether the authorities have
found significant problems with any of the medications and medical products you use.
- Both government sites permit people to sign up to receive email notifications
of recalls. You can customize your alerts to include either drugs or medical devices.
- Alternatively, you can download drug safety podcasts from the FDA download page.
- The FDA’s twitter feed provides an additional means of receiving
What Are Common Reasons Behind Drug or Medical Device Recalls?
The medical community doesn’t always know the full magnitude and
spectrum of adverse reactions of medications until these drugs and products
have been on the market for some time. Likewise, the likelihood that a
medical device will malfunction or lead to pain, injuries or bad side
effects may not be apparent until many patients have used it.
While statins, the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs, haven’t been
recalled, many medical analysts argue that this class of medications offers
a cautionary tale. Researchers and doctors alike may have woefully underestimated
the scope and scale of side effects associated with them. For more information, see
New Study Sheds Light on Frightening Reality of Statin Intolerance.
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