How Can I Find Out if I Have a Defective Medical Device or Recalled Drug?

by Staff | December 31st, 2014

Drugs and medical devices are regularly recalled due to problems with their design, marketing, or function, or because new and dangerous side effects are discovered. But how are consumers supposed to keep track of these recalls and know if a drug or product is safe?

There are numerous resources available to find out if a medication or medical product you use has been recalled. Typically, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the manufacturer of a defective medical device or drug will inform consumers and suppliers of the problem that was discovered. So speaking with your doctor about any concerns you may have should be the first option you explore.

Doctors sometimes make mistakes or overlook information though, which is why it’s always wise to conduct your own safety research. An article from Everyday Health suggests consumers regularly check government websites—like the FDA or Consumer Product Safety Commission—to see if the product you’re concerned about is included in recall lists. You can also create settings that will send you automatic updates if a product you use is ever recalled.

Unfortunately, the use of defective products or recalled drugs often results in accidents or injuries before the victim is ever made aware of a recall. If you’re ever harmed as the result of using a defective medical device or medication with dangerous side effects, it’s important to know that you have legal rights that need to be protected. Having a qualified legal representative on your side is the best way to protect those rights.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know what it takes to successfully fight for your rights if a faulty product or dangerous drug has harmed you. Our personal injury lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have about your case by calling (800) 477-7315.

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