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How do I know if my medications are defective?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Dangerous Drug Litigation |

You rely on your medications to keep you healthy, but if your medications are defective, they could be making your worse. Defective drugs can lead to severe injury or even death.

The sooner you realize that your medications are defective, the better. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some ways to know if your medications are defective.

Unexpected side effects

First, you should check whether you experience unexpected side effects. If you experience side effects not listed in the prescription’s information leaflet, it might signal a defect.


Second, you should ask whether the drug is effective or ineffective. If the medication does not work as expected, or your condition worsens after use, it could be a sign of a defective drug.

Physical characteristics

Third, look at the pill’s physical characteristics. Look for changes in color, texture, smell or taste of the medication as changes in any may indicate a problem or defect.

Packaging issues

Fourth, look for any potential packaging issues. Inspect the packaging for signs of tampering, damage or errors on the label.

FDA recalls and reporting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plays a vital role in ensuring drug safety. While FDA recalls are issued for some defective drugs, not all are recalled. It is essential to stay informed about recalls and consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your medication.

Check for recalls regularly and consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns. Report suspected defective drugs to the FDA using the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form. This allows the FDA to monitor drug safety and take necessary actions.

Legal actions

If you suffer harm due to a defective drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for manufacturing dangerous drugs, failing to disclose information or inadequate testing.

Your health and safety are top priorities. Stay informed about FDA recalls, report any suspected issues and consider legal action if you have suffered harm from a defective drug.