Patients with diabetes may have found that some medications have been recalled, and are wondering what happened and what to do. Drug recalls happen when the Food and Drug Administration determines that a drug is too risky for the general public, and pulls the medication from the market.
If you’ve recently found that a medication you’re taking has been recalled, 1-800-THE-LAW2 recommends seeking medical attention immediately, and getting the advice of an experienced attorney about the possibility of filing a lawsuit.
Which Drugs Have Been Recalled?
In 2011, 8.3% of the American population was diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. Byetta, Janumet, and Januvia are three types of popular diabetes drugs that were designed to improve blood sugar levels in patients dealing with type 2 diabetes but have been linked to serious health problems such as thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.
Actos, another diabetic medication for type 2 diabetes, has recently been linked to a 40% higher risk of bladder cancer in patients. While it has yet to be officially recalled, the warning labels have been changed by the FDA.
Many prescription medications never get recalled, but the FDA keeps an ongoing list of drug recalls every year. Most pharmaceutical companies are ordered to place warning labels on the packaging or change dosage information to reflect any adverse side effects. Patients who experience adverse side effects from a prescription drug may be able to get financial compensation, whether the drug was officially recalled or not. An experienced drug recall lawyer can help. Patients who do receive compensation typically receive it for lost income, pain and suffering, and reimbursement for medical and hospital bills.
What Should I Do?
Diabetics who are on medication to control their insulin levels should be aware of any and all alerts, warnings, or recalls concerning any medications they might be taking, or even those they have taken in the past. It is not uncommon for patients to take one medication, experience adverse effects, and switch medications, only to find out later that the initial medicine was recalled.
It is very important that you first avoid discontinuing the use of any medication without consulting your doctor first. Doing so can cause serious harm, and you should always tell your doctor before stopping or changing any medication, regardless of recall status. Your doctor will be able to inform you of the best course of action concerning your current and past medications, and once you’ve discussed your case with your doctor, it is best to then seek counsel from an experienced drug recall lawyer.
Do not stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor. This could cause even more negative side effects, and could be extremely harmful to your health. Also talk to your doctor before changing your dosage. If you or someone you know has taken a drug that has been recalled, or a warning has been issued, talk to an experienced drug recall attorney to see if you have a case for monetary compensation.
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