Every year some prescription drugs that patients are already taking are recalled from the U.S. market. The most serious of these FDA drug recalls are known as Class 1 recalls. A Class 1 recall is issued when a drug has the potential to cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Between 2004 and 2011, some 1,700 drugs were recalled, and 91 of those drugs were subject to a Class 1 recall. However, doctors, patients, and others may not have been properly informed of the Class 1 drug recalls according to a new study and that lack of information could put people at risk for serious injuries or death.
The FDA Failed to Issue Class 1 Drug Recall Alerts About 20 Percent of the Time
Between 2004 and 2011:
- The FDA issued 2,900 announcements via the Recall Alert System.
- There were 91 Class 1 drug recalls.
- Only 55 of the 91 Class 1 drug recalls were reported via the Recall Alert System.
- 18 of the remaining 36 Class 1 drug recalls were reported via MedWatch.
- The remaining 18 Class 1 drug recalls were not reported via either system.
It is unclear why subscribers to the Recall Alert System and MedWatch are not notified of all Class 1 recalls. While doctors may be informed of serious recalls by letter directly from the pharmaceutical company or in other ways, not all subscribers would have access to that information.
Contact a Wisconsin Pharmaceutical Class Action Lawyer if You’ve Been Hurt by a Prescription Drug
Whether or not an FDA alert was properly issued, you may have the right to damages if you have been hurt by a prescription drug. For more information about your rights and potential recovery, please contact a lawyer who specializes in dangerous recalled drugs today for more information. We can be reached at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.