When widely-prescribed drugs or medical devices turn out to have gone to market with unsafe flaws, the potential consequences to consumers can be grave. A recall occurs when a drug or medical device is removed from the market because either the manufacturer or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed it unsafe for consumers. When a recall of a drug or medical device does occur, it is essential that the public be provided with accurate and complete information as quickly as possible so that they and their doctors can make informed decisions. Drug Guardians and our network of partner attorneys strive to make comprehensive, detailed information available as it emerges regarding current drug and medical device recalls and to inform consumers of what their rights are when they have been exposed to an unsafe product.GET JUSTICE NOW
The FDA approval process for medical devices has been met with harsh criticism, and for good reason. Current guidelines allow for the approval of medical devices after only one round of clinical trials, and a new program designed to streamline approval for emergent technologies has even less stringent guidelines. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in recalls of medical devices that were only found to pose serious risks when they had already begun to harm patients.
Nearly half of the US population takes at least one prescription drug, while over 10% of the population takes 5 or more different prescription drugs. These patients ought to be able to take for granted that these drugs are safe and effective. However, drug companies often try to rush profitable products through the FDA approval process in the race to get them to market. Several high-profile drug recalls in recent years have shown that drugs with harmful side effects can slip through FDA screening and result in severe injuries and even death for thousands of patients before they are eventually recalled.