As medical technology and research advances, patients have more effective and efficient treatment options at their disposal. However, in a rush to get their products to market, many healthcare-related companies make errors in either researching their products or packaging them. When dangerous medications are given to the trusting public, innocent individuals can be seriously harmed. They can be left permanently disabled, with a worsened medical condition, or, in the worst cases, dead.
Many drug manufacturers try to pull their products from the market before this happens. This typically occurs when one of three things occurs. First, a recall may be issued if additional studies of a medication indicate that the drug poses health risks. For example, it has been discovered that some medications, when taken over a period of time, can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. A recall may also be issued if the FDA and/or drug manufacturer discovers negative drug interactions that were previously unknown. Lastly, a drug may be recalled if its packaging is defective. This may include misleading dosage instructions or the lack of proper labeling with regard to safety and side effects.