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Recent Alerts & Recalls

Each year, the number of medical devices and drugs on the market increases, and so do the recalls and safety alerts. In addition to recalls made by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), manufacturers also “voluntarily” pull problematic products off the market. As a consumer, it is important to be aware of devices or drugs that may affect your health.


Medical Devices

Many manufacturers take advantage of a program by the FDA that streamlines the approval process for medical devices. While this can save the companies millions of dollars in research and development costs, the program let some faulty devices – including hip, knee and mesh implants – go to market that ultimately harmed recipients.

Hip Replacements

Several problematic hip replacement devices were recalled. Manufacturers including DePuy, Stryker, Smith & Nephew and Zimmer recalled implants because of high failure rates.

Transvaginal Mesh

Thousands of women received mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Many had corrective surgery, and some mesh manufacturers pulled their products.

Knee Replacements

Some people may have received a recalled knee implant such as the Zimmer NexGen Flex. These and other implants may have a high failure rate and lead to revision surgery.


Americans fill an estimated 4 billion prescriptions a year, with some people taking a dozen or more at a time. These drugs are supposed to be safe, but many times that’s not the case. Nearly a decade after the Vioxx debacle, which left thousands of people dead, Actos and certain birth control pills are mired in controversy over their dangerous side effects.


Studies link this best-selling type 2 diabetes medication to bladder cancer, and it was recalled in Germany and France. The FDA has not issued a recall in the United States.

Yaz, Yasmin & Ocella

After taking these birth control pills, thousands of women suffered serious complications. FDA studies show a 74 percent increased risk of dangerous blood clots, prompting advocates to call for a recall.


This popular acne medication was recalled after it was linked to a number of side effects, including birth defects, Crohn's disease and suicidal thoughts.


Millions of Americans took this painkiller. After several years on the market, the drug was recalled because it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke and was linked to more than 38,000 deaths.

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