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What should you do if a prescription drug you're taking is recalled?

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If a prescription drug you're taking is recalled, call your doctor or pharmacist right away to find out what replacement you need. Also:

  • Safely discard recalled drugs. You can throw away most in the trash after mixing it with coffee grounds or kitty litter, then sealing it in a plastic bag or other container.
  • If you’ve taken a drug that has been recalled and have unusual symptoms, call your doctor right away.
  • For more on drug recalls, visit the FDA website.

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." 

News release, FDA.

 

 

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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