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What sets a drug recall into motion?

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A drug recall happens when a prescription or over-the-counter medicine is removed from the market because it is defective or it could be harmful. Sometimes, the makers of the drug will discover a problem with their drug and voluntarily recall it. Other times, the FDA will request that the medicine be recalled after it gets reports of problems from the public.

From: What Is a Drug Recall? WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA web site: "FDA 101: Product Recalls - From First Alert to Effectiveness Checks," "What is a recall?" "FDA Letter to Manufacturers of Drug Products Containing Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)," "Meridia (sibutramine): Market Withdrawal Due to Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events,"   "Subscribe to MedWatch Safety Alerts," "Disposal by Flushing of Certain Unused Medicines: What You Should Know." 

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

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FDA web site: "FDA 101: Product Recalls - From First Alert to Effectiveness Checks," "What is a recall?" "FDA Letter to Manufacturers of Drug Products Containing Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)," "Meridia (sibutramine): Market Withdrawal Due to Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events,"   "Subscribe to MedWatch Safety Alerts," "Disposal by Flushing of Certain Unused Medicines: What You Should Know." 

News release, FDA.

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

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