The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict policies, guidelines, and standards for ensuring consumer safety with regulated drugs. However, these processes can be slow-moving. It may take several years before people are fully aware of a drug’s dangerous side effects. Removing a defective drug from the market can take even longer.

Many defective drugs make it into the hands of unknowing consumers. Thousands of people may be harmed or killed before action is taken against manufacturers. Patients must consider all potential side effects of a new prescription drug, even if the manufacturer claims the effect is rare.