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What things can lead to a drug recall?

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A recall may be issued if a drug:

  • Is a health hazard
  • Is mislabeled or packaged poorly
  • Could be contaminated
  • Is not what it says
  • Is poorly manufactured

From: What Is a Drug Recall? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

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

SOURCES: 

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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