New products are constantly released on the market, and sometimes they’re recalled due to safety concerns. Many times, products are recalled before they cause injury or impairment to too many consumers, but that is not always the case. If you are somehow impaired from a defective medication, you can likely be compensated for the damages.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is constantly looking for food and drugs that may be dangerous to people and “when an FDA-regulated product is either defective or potentially harmful, recalling that product is the most effective means for protecting the public.”
Companies that become aware of faults in their products frequently recall their products without any intervention of the FDA, or they are cooperative with the FDA after concerns are brought to their attention.
Various ways that the FDA may hear about an issue with a product include:
- The company that created or sold the product discovers the problem and alerts the FDA;
- The FDA discovers potential for a recall after inspecting a manufacturing facility;
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovers a problem and alerts the FDA;
- The FDA receives alerts of health problems due to a certain product from various reporting systems set up for this reason.
If there is an illness or injury being caused by a defective food or drug, the “CDC hears about such problems from state health departments that have received and submitted illness reports” and they alert the FDA, according to Director of FDA’s Office of Emergency Operations Dorothy Miller.
If you are concerned about a product that you have bought and there has not been a recall, contact the Food and Drug Administration to spread the word to other consumers. If you have been harmed from a product, contact an defective medication attorney to help you get compensated for your injury or illness. New Braunfels attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm can fight with you in court against dangerous products today.