2014 is on track for being the biggest year for drug recalls according to data released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA categorizes recalls by a three tier system:
- Class I Recall –probability that a product will cause serious adverse health consequences and even death
- Class II Recall – probability that a recalled product may cause temporary or reversible adverse health consequences
- Class III Recall – recall with less probability to cause adverse health consequences
In the first seven months of 2014, the FDA has recalled a total of 836 defective drugs, more than double the entirety of recalls in 2011 and 2012. Due to the FDA crackdown on compounding pharmacies after the fungal meningitis outbreak that was linked to over 60 deaths, 2013 was a record setting year at 1,225 recalls. If the pace in 2014 continues, 2014 could surpass 2013’s recalls to become the year with the highest number of drug recalls.
According to the FDA, the last two consecutive years have seen almost as many as all the recalls in the past nine years combined. Out of the 836 recalls so far in 2014, 101 were categorized as Class I recalls, 640 were categorized as Class II recalls, and 95 were categorized as Class III recalls.
77 percent of the recalls in 2014 are listed as Class II recalls, which means that the majority of the recalls are defective drugs that can cause adverse health consequences that may or may not have temporary or reversible effects.
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