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Defective drugs: FDA wants info on hand sanitizers


Residents of Texas are often advised to wash their hands, such as before eating, or after using the restroom or touching publicly used objects. Medical professionals have said that cleaning bacteria off of hands is a major step in preventing transmission of illness. In fact, this advice has become so ubiquitous in American society that a whole industry has sprung up catering to those who wish to protect themselves from bacteria even when soap and water aren't readily available.

Defective drugs: FDA wants info on hand sanitizers


Residents of Texas are often advised to wash their hands, such as before eating, or after using the restroom or touching publicly used objects. Medical professionals have said that cleaning bacteria off of hands is a major step in preventing transmission of illness. In fact, this advice has become so ubiquitous in American society that a whole industry has sprung up catering to those who wish to protect themselves from bacteria even when soap and water aren't readily available.

Defects in drugs aren't always about chemistry


When Texas residents think about defective products, they likely picturing items that have some kind of physical problem with the product itself, such as a design or manufacturing defect. This is especially true when it comes to prescription medications. When the topic of 'defective drugs' comes up, it is common to think of drugs that don't do what they are supposed to, or contain chemicals they are not supposed to contain. However, there is a type of defect that can occur that is as dangerous, and possibly more common when it comes to pharmaceuticals: defective labeling or instructions.

Defects in drugs aren't always about chemistry


When Texas residents think about defective products, they likely picturing items that have some kind of physical problem with the product itself, such as a design or manufacturing defect. This is especially true when it comes to prescription medications. When the topic of 'defective drugs' comes up, it is common to think of drugs that don't do what they are supposed to, or contain chemicals they are not supposed to contain. However, there is a type of defect that can occur that is as dangerous, and possibly more common when it comes to pharmaceuticals: defective labeling or instructions.

What happens if defective drugs fail to meet FDA standards?


About a month ago this blog touched on one aspect of the federal Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) apparatus used to regulate the pharmaceutical industry, its Current Good Manufacturing Standards (CGMPs). Readers may recall that these guidelines govern how companies design manage and control the facilities they use to manufacture the drugs that are so necessary for so many Texas residents to maintain their health. Further, in a separate post, we discussed that when a manufacturer fails to meet these standards, FDA will label drugs produced there 'adulterated.' As we pointed out then, this label does not necessarily mean any particular bottle of pills is bad, just that there was some failure in meeting the CGPS in the manufacturing process.

What happens if defective drugs fail to meet FDA standards?


About a month ago this blog touched on one aspect of the federal Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) apparatus used to regulate the pharmaceutical industry, its Current Good Manufacturing Standards (CGMPs). Readers may recall that these guidelines govern how companies design manage and control the facilities they use to manufacture the drugs that are so necessary for so many Texas residents to maintain their health. Further, in a separate post, we discussed that when a manufacturer fails to meet these standards, FDA will label drugs produced there 'adulterated.' As we pointed out then, this label does not necessarily mean any particular bottle of pills is bad, just that there was some failure in meeting the CGPS in the manufacturing process.

How do FDA manufacturing practices apply to defective drugs?


One of the miracles of modern medicine is the wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs available. For millions of people, the relief brought by the use of various drugs is a boon that improves their lives every day. Of course, as Texas residents may be aware, medicine can be dangerous as well. For example, medications could come with adverse side effects or improper instructions. But what if a drug is manufactured incorrectly, for example by being made too strong, or with improper ingredients? Then the dangers of taking that medicine may multiply.

How do FDA manufacturing practices apply to defective drugs?


One of the miracles of modern medicine is the wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs available. For millions of people, the relief brought by the use of various drugs is a boon that improves their lives every day. Of course, as Texas residents may be aware, medicine can be dangerous as well. For example, medications could come with adverse side effects or improper instructions. But what if a drug is manufactured incorrectly, for example by being made too strong, or with improper ingredients? Then the dangers of taking that medicine may multiply.

Consumers raise questions about possible defective drugs

Clinical trials are intended to protect the general public by determining whether a medication is actually effective and whether it has any drastic side effects. Patients in Texas and across the rest of the United States rely on these trials and the approval of the Food and Drug Administration to keep defective drugs off of the market. However, the validity of a clinical trial used for a popular blood thinner and heart drug has recently been called into question.

Consumers raise questions about possible defective drugs

Clinical trials are intended to protect the general public by determining whether a medication is actually effective and whether it has any drastic side effects. Patients in Texas and across the rest of the United States rely on these trials and the approval of the Food and Drug Administration to keep defective drugs off of the market. However, the validity of a clinical trial used for a popular blood thinner and heart drug has recently been called into question.

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