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What do you need to know about recalls?

Some days it seems like every time you turn around in Houston there's another product that has been recalled. There are recalls for cars, toys, baby products, food and many other products. Drug recalls also occur and some of these can be serious. So what should a consumer know about recalls?

Recalls are issued by companies or government agencies for products that may be defective and harm someone. Most of the time the recalls are issued by the company in order to protect their company image. Consumers can learn about recalls from various websites. Agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, USDA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the FDA all have websites that list important recalls. There are also applications for mobile devices that alert consumers to recalls.

A dangerous drug can cause a serious problem for consumers. These drugs can cause a serious injury or even death for unsuspecting patients. The drug company usually issues the recall on its own initiative or the FDA urges the recall. The FDA lists the recalls on their website and they're divided by classes, with a Class I recall being the most serious recall.

Families who are affected by an adverse drug effect may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in drugs and medical devices. An attorney can review the situation and determine who is at fault for the unexpected injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. It is important to hold drug companies responsible for their negligence so that no one else suffers from their mistake.