What are the 3 types of drug recalls?

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of keeping the American people safe from harmful medications and other products. They accomplish this task, both by requiring medications to be thoroughly tested before being sold, and by recalling products that have been found unsafe after being marketed. The FDA has three classifications of recall:

  • Class I recalls are for those products that could cause serious injury or death
  • Class II recalls are for products which could cause serious injury or temporary illness
  • Class III recalls are for products that are unlikely to cause injury or illness, but that violate FDA regulations

Most recalls are notified to the public, either by the company whose product is being recalled or by the FDA. Sometimes, products are recalled because the company realizes their mistake, but many times, a recall is forced by multiple people injured by the product bringing lawsuits against the manufacturer. In these cases, the multiple plaintiffs will form a mass tort case or class action lawsuit to combine their resources for a better chance of winning.

If you’ve been harmed by a recalled drug or medical device, call the mass tort lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys. We provide free legal consultations and a compassionate team who are dedicated to our clients.