The FDA monitors drugs and medications to make sure that they are safe and up to the quality standards that consumers deserve. This often means extensive testing has to be done before any sort of medication can be released to the public. Factors that the FDA considers include authenticity, quality, performance and other things of this nature.
But one thing to keep in mind is that it’s not just the drug itself that could be defective. Defects in the packaging or the labeling could also be a serious issue, which is why that’s something that the Food and Drug Administration does consider carefully.
How could packaging mistakes be so problematic?
There are a few different ways that packaging mistakes can happen that could be detrimental to consumers. For example, perhaps the labeling gives the wrong dosage information. It may be entirely safe for someone to take one pill every 24 hours, but if the labeling says they can take one pill every four hours, they could take an amount that would be highly detrimental to their health.
Another example could be if the label doesn’t properly list all of the side effects or the other medications that the drug should not be used with. Someone may check the safety instructions, assume that it’s safe, and then accidentally take two different medications that cannot be mixed. This is something that could be avoided if the labeling was just accurate, meaning the drug itself is potentially safe, but that labeling error makes it very dangerous.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm due to packaging errors or other defective drug issues, be sure you understand your legal options.