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Understanding why drug recalls happen

The controversy surrounding Zantac and other medications containing ranitidine has brought up numerous questions from many consumers across the country and here in Ohio. Drug recalls happen often for a variety of reasons, but people may not have paid much attention to why this happens until now. The information below may provide some insight into the process.

The oversight of medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration does not stop once they are released into the market. Drug safety remains a priority, so continuous monitoring is required at all levels from the FDA down to pharmacists and doctors. Companies may voluntarily recall a product if random testing reveals an issue that could jeopardize patient safety.

For instance, if previously unknown drug interactions, errors during the manufacturing process or other health risks come to light, a medication may need to be taken off the market, at least temporarily, until further investigation is conducted. Some medications may never return to the market in their current forms because they pose too significant a risk. When it comes to Zantac and other ranitidine medications, a potentially hazardous risk to the health of those taking the medication resulted in its recall. At last report, the FDA and others were still investigating the cause of the potential harm, so it could be some time before the drug is available again, if ever. In fact, some companies chose to remove their ranitidine medication from the market in an attempt to avoid product liability claims.

As more information comes to light from this and other drug recalls, consumers and patients across the country may be exploring their legal options if they believe they suffered irreparable harm from a recalled medication. Manufacturers of Zantac and other ranitidine medications will undoubtedly face numerous lawsuits questioning the drugs' safety and the harm done to individuals. Ohio residents who suspect they suffered harm due to a defective medication may benefit from discovering whether they could do the same.

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