How Nursing Homes Should Handle Dangerous Prescription Drug Recalls
While most families worry about the misuse of their loved one’s prescription drugs while they are living in a nursing home, a new medication issue is presenting itself across America. In 2017, the American Medical Association released a report showing that many drugs the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves are involved in some kind of recall or safety event after being released to consumers. Nursing home and long-term care residents are especially at risk of taking recalled or defective drugs because not all recalls are announced by the FDA or reported in the news media. When a public announcement is not made, notification is typically made by communication from the drug manufacturer to a nursing home resident who may not be reachable or cognitive. A nursing home pharmacist or lead medical staff should be in the know of any recalled medications, remove any faulted drugs from the stock cabinet and help provide an alternative plan alongside a nursing home patient’s treating physician to prevent unnecessary sickness or injury.
Understanding Drug Recalls
One of the most effective ways to protect consumers who live in nursing homes from a potentially harmful medication is through a drug recall. Most recalls are voluntarily taken by a company in which it will remove the tainted or defective product from the market. The FDA may also request a drug company to recall a product and give the medication recalls a class I, II, or III rating for the seriousness of product problems.
FDA Drug Recall Classification
- Class I: A dangerous or defective product that could cause serious health problems or death. This recall involves removal from the market of a product in which the consequences are immediate or long-range, life threatening, and involve a direct cause-effect relationship.
- Class II: A product that might cause a temporary health problem or pose slight threat of a serious nature.
- Class III: A products that is unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violates FDA labeling or manufacturing laws.
Stay Updated on Your Loved Ones Medications
It’s important that the people close to nursing home residents are in the know about their drug prescriptions. If a medication has been recalled, be sure to speak with their health care professional and nursing home pharmacist and staff about the best course of action for their health, including the possibility of reviewing which replacement medications or additional alternatives will still work to treat their condition.
Common medications nursing home patients take that have been recalled include those to treat issues related to heart, stroke, and hypertension, and Parkinson’s or other psychiatric conditions. Prescriptions drugs including several antibiotics, and pain relievers, and drugs used by diabetics have also made the FDA’s recall list.
Medication Injury Legal Help
The product liability and nursing home medical negligence attorneys at Levin & Perconti can help someone who has been caused harm due to a defective drug or been given a dangerous medication after it has been recalled.
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