The FDA has announced that it will be seeking to remove nearly 500 unapproved prescription drugs from the market. In a statement, the director of compliance at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research notes that they “don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly, or how they are made.”
If believe you may have suffered a serious or harmful side effect after taking a prescription drug, contact a New Mexico pharmaceutical malpractice lawyer for more information.
Often, a drug’s potential for injury is unknown until patients begin reporting harmful side effects. It was only after years of studies and lawsuits that dangerous drugs such as Avandia and Vioxx received adequate warnings. Recent cases involving dangerous drugs such as Baycol, Bextra, and Reglan have all brought to light the potential for debilitating side effects and in some cases an increased chance of life-threatening effects from taking these harmful prescription drugs.
Reports indicate that cause for concern has been raised by the fact that many of the unapproved products targeted by the FDA combine two or more active ingredients that can raise the risk of oversedation and other side effects. Often, the doctors prescribing the drugs are unaware that they are unapproved.
Companies that have unapproved products are required to stop manufacturing them within 90 days and stop shipping them within 180 days.
For more information, or if you have had an adverse reaction to a prescription drug, please contact an Albuquerque dangerous drugs attorney at the Branch Law Firm today.