The mandate of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to ensure products – including medications and vaccines – are safe and reliable. When the FDA issues a drug recall, evidence must exist that the risks of use outweigh the benefits. If you have been harmed by a dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Consult with a New York personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case.
When a new drug is tested by its manufacturer, the results are sent to the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation. The FDA does not provide independent testing; rather, it simply reviews and evaluates the studies it has been given.
When there is evidence that a drug has dangerous side effects or if there is a safer alternative available for consumers, the FDA will issue a recall. Manufacturing defects are another reason a drug may be recalled.
Recall Types Issued by the FDA
There are various types of recall issued by the FDA:
- Class I Recall – When the use of a drug has a probability to cause serious health problems or death.
- Class II Recall – When use of a drug causes temporary health issues, or there is a small risk of serious injury.
- Class III Recall – When use of a drug has a slight chance of causing health problems.
- Market Withdrawal – When there is a minor violation of the FDA’s rules.
- Medical Device Safety Alert – When use of a medical device involves serious risk.
Injured by a Dangerous Product? Contact a New York Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm after using a dangerous or defective drug, the Gacovino Lake & Associates can help secure compensation. Located in New York, but serving a nationwide clientele, we hold negligent drug manufacturers accountable for your injuries. To learn more about whether you have a viable claim, contact us today at 800-246-4878 to schedule a complimentary consultation.