The FDA has been busy this past year. According to their records, there have been seven times the number of drugs recalled in 2015 as there were in 2004. In 2004, 166 FDA recalls were recorded, but in 2015 the FDA shows 2,061.
The FDA uses three separate classes to identify drug recalls.
1) Class l – products that will definitely cause serious or even deadly results
2) Class ll – products that are known to produce adverse health effects, but are reversible.
3) Class lll – products that are not likely to cause ill health, but are being recalled for safety’s sake.
In 2012, the U.S. experienced the worst outbreak of fungal meningitis in history, which killed 60 people. From 2012 to 2013, the FDA shut down a high number of compound pharmacies and most of those were included in Class II recalls. Experts believe that the FDA action to close these pharmacies was a major reason for the high number of recalls.
The second factor could be the FDA’s continual practice of improving the “current good manufacturing practices” or the cGMP. This keeps the drug plants in prime condition, and if they are off even one of these essential practices, all the medications made in that plant could be recalled.
Whatever the reason, a rise in FDA drug recalls is certainly a matter of concern. If you or your loved one has suffered adverse health consequences after using a recalled drug or device, check with your doctor and call an attorney to determine if you are eligible for compensation.