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Should I take all drug recalls very seriously?

Drug recalls are, sadly, quite common in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records show that such events occur once a week. It can be downright frightening when it happens to the prescription you are taking, especially if you rely on it to remain alive. You may be wondering what you should do when such an issue occurs.

Novartis recalls the immunosuppresants Sandimmune and Neoral

The drug manufacturer Novartis recalled both its Neoral capsules and its Sandimmune immunosuppressants last week because of their potentially hazardous packaging. In their recall announcement, Novartis pointed out that they believe that the blister packs that the medications come in may be too easy for children to get into.

Lamotrigine is recalled out of cross-contamination concerns

A single lot of Lamotrigine, a prescription medication that doctors prescribe to treat bipolar disorder and epilepsy, was recalled by its manufacturer on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s urging on Jan. 10. The federal agency ordered the recall after a blood pressure and heart medication was found to have been cross-contaminated with the Lamotrigine tablets.

Federal officials say that Metformin may contain a carcinogen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed earlier this month that they are looking into reports that researchers in other countries have found trace amounts of the carcinogen N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the prescription drug Metformin. The medication is commonly prescribed to patients who have previously been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It helps them regulate their blood sugar.

What steps should you take if your medication is recalled?

Many Americans take over-the-counter and prescription medications to make them feel better or keep them alive. While many of them work as they're intended to, others are downright dangerous. Manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall countless drugs or medications from the market every year. These recalls often happen after patients experience health declines. There are steps that you should follow if your medication is recalled.

2 Emcure drugs are recalled for microbial contamination

Two drugs, one injection fighter and another used to treat schizophrenia, have been recalled for potential contamination. The Indian company Emcure Pharmaceuticals produces the drugs. They're then distributed by Heritage Pharmaceuticals here in the United States. The factory where the drugs are manufactured has long had problems with sterility.

Don't Inhale: The Dangers of Benzene

Houston, TX...The Energy Capital of the World houses the headquarters of more than 500 oil and gas exploration and production firms in the country. With this concentration of chemicals comes the risks of contamination or exposure. Unfortunately, a fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company located in Deer Park, a suburb of Houston, caused elevated levels of Benzene in the area on Thursday morning.

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