Current Medical Recalls You Can Be Compensated For:
- Avandia – Diabetes Drug Recall
- DePuy – Hip Replacement Recall
- Asbestos Related Recalls
- Reglan Heart Burn Medication Recall
- Zimmer Knee Implant Recall
The medical field prides itself on having the equipment, the doctors, the procedures and the medications to help patients who seek to live the best quality of life. Like any thing else in life, things in the medical field are not always perfect. While these products may seem like they are helpful in the short term, in the long term it may be proven that they are not as safe as once believed and this is where medical recalls come into play.
FDA Medical Recalls
Medical recalls are like the recalls of toys or household products or even vehicles. If a product is shown to be unsafe for continued use, the item is recalled. When it comes to medical recalls the way this is done is through reports of ill effects associated with the product or substances. These reports are given to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA then gathers all of the information about the product that they can and they determine whether or not it is sufficient enough evidence for medical recalls.
The process takes quite a bit for medical devices and substances to be recalled. The reason for this is that a lot of the time where there is an issue it is due to user error. Also, there is a margin of error that is allowed for products and substances. For instance, the FDA is not going to issue medical recalls if one person has ill side effects from a medication or if one person has to have a knee implant removed. The FDA has to look at the larger picture and will only issue medical recalls if the incidence of injury or death is higher than the national average for similar devices or substances.
In some cases, the FDA will not issue medical recalls. Instead, they will issue black box warnings. If you take a medication that has a black box warning on it, the prescription or packaging will literally have a black warning box on it letting you know that there is serious risk associated with the medication. The risks will be outlined for you so that you are aware of exactly how dangerous the medication could potentially be for you.
In cases where a black box warning are not enough, than medical recalls are mandatory. This is generally only done when the failure rate is very, very high or if a medication is causing serious side effects such as heart disease, heart failure organ failure and death. Even then, the incidence has to be quite prevalent as there will always be cases where people are ill or even pass away due to medical care but that doesn’t mean it was the product alone that caused the incident. As a result, medical recalls are only issued under the most serious of circumstances when the FDA must do so to protect the public at large from a product or substance that has proven to be dangerous. Medical recalls are costly and they take time and a lot of energy, so this is avoided, when at all possible so long as the public understands any risk associated with the product or substance.