Consumers should report serious adverse events related to human medical products to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These reports can include side effects from dangerous drugs, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and complications or injuries arising from defective medical devices.
Steps to Filing an Adverse Event Report with the FDA
The FDA has made reporting unsafe human medical products very simple. You can use the online forms at the FDA website to report a serious adverse event.
Link to FDA Form: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-online.htm
Can a lawyer file an FDA adverse event report?
Yes. Sometimes these reports are and can be made by an injured consumer's legal counsel, i.e. their attorney or lawyer that is investigating the merits of a product liability lawsuit on behalf of the injured individual.
Information You Should Report to the FDA
- Unexpected side effects or adverse events can include everything from skin rashes to more serious complications.
- Product quality problems such as information if a product isn't working properly or if it has a defect.
- Product Use/Medication Errors that can be prevented. These can be caused by various issues, including choosing the wrong product because of labels or packaging that look alike or have a similar brand or generic names. Mistakes also can be caused by difficulty with a device due to hard-to-read controls or displays, which may cause you to record a test result that is not correct.
- Therapeutic failures. These problems can include when a medical product does not seem to work as well as when you switch from one generic to another.
Types of FDA Regulated Products You Can Report Through the MedWatch Reporting System
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines including those administered in a hospital or outpatient infusion centers.
- Biologics such as blood components, blood/plasma derivatives, blood transfusions, gene therapies, and human cells and tissue transplants.
- Medical devices such as diabetes glucose-test kits, hearing aids, breast pumps, and many more products.
- Combination products such as prefilled drug syringes, auto-injectors, metered-dose inhalers, contact lens coated with a drug, and nasal-spray.
- Special nutritional products such as dietary supplements, medical foods, and infant formulas.
- Cosmetics such as moisturizers, makeup, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes, and tattoos.
- Food such as beverages and ingredients added to foods.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer
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