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Who is responsible for adverse reactions to medications?

When your doctor in Providence County prescribes you a medication, you take it likely trusting that his or her confidence in it is enough of a guarantee regarding its safety. You should remember, however, that medications are made by pharmaceutical companies whose goals may at times be focused more on profits than patient safety. If a prescription drug does cause you or a loved one harm, who should be blamed: your doctor or the drug manufacturer?

Every year, hundreds of drugs are recalled in the U.S. These recalls may be due to a number of different factors, including:

  •          Contaminated products
  •          Inherent safety issues
  •          The discovery of dangerous side effects
  •          Packaging problems
  •          Labeling issues

Whatever the reason for a recall may be, any recalled drug should be treated as being capable of causing harm.

Just how serious can that harm be? According to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, drug recalls are grouped into one of three categories depending upon the potential for consumer harm that they present. Class III recalls involve drugs which are unlikely to cause adverse reactions, while medications involved in Class II recalls could potentially cause non-life-threatening complications. Taking a Class I drug, however, could result in serious injury or death.

Interestingly enough, while drug makers typically initiate recalls, it is the Food and Drug Administration that classifies them. This could potentially leave the door open for a manufacturer to dispute the potential severity of exposure to a recalled product.

How can you know the reason why a drug you may be taking has been recalled? You can check the FDA’s recall page to get the information behind a recall. If manufacturer error is cited as being the reason why a recall was initiated, then the answer to the question of liability may be clear. 

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