Drug recalls are not uncommon, and our Rockford class action lawyers see many recalls announced each year. Although many drugs are removed from the market because they are harmful, many others may be removed from the market for other issues. Here’s what you should know.

What Is a Drug Recall?

Drug recalls are intended to remove harmful drugs or medical devices from the market, remove products from the market that violate FDA rules, or remove products when new information comes to light that could affect the product’s FDA approval. A drug recall is generally classified by the severity of the product’s effects, and the recall will fall into one of the following classifications:

  • Class I – A product is likely to have serious adverse effects, including death.
  • Class II – A product is likely to have reversible or short-term adverse effects.
  • Class III – A product is unlikely to have adverse effects, but it being recalled for another issue.

Recalls are different from drug market withdrawals, which the FDA sometimes used for more minor issues. 

How Are Drug Recalls Initiated?

Drug recalls may be initiated by the FDA or even voluntarily initiated by the pharmaceutical company. Even in cases where the manufacturer initiated the recall, however, the FDA usually oversees the recall and makes suggestions on its execution.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Harmed by a Medication or Medical Device in Illinois?

If you have been harmed by a defective or dangerous drug in Illinois, or if you have suffered complications from a defective medical device, our Rockford medical injury attorneys can help you determine if you have a case against the pharmaceutical company that produced the recalled product. Speak with our experienced Rockford class action lawyers today at 866-532-4800, and find out more about your rights and options. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get help—call Hupy and Abraham today!