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Recalled Drugs by the FDA

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Recalled Drugs by the FDA  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the responsibility of providing a searchable list of recalled products so pharmacies and stores will no longer offer them as a product for purchase. Recalled drugs are substances that were questioned and determined to be not good for human consumption. All establishments selling the product must remove all stock. Drugs may be approved by the FDA and then recalled later on when more research and reports on the substance are established.  

Bad Drugs the FDA Has Approved  

There are many drugs that the FDA has approved that are dangerous to humans and inflict long-term health complications. The pharmaceutical industry makes hundreds of billions a dollar a year, $300.82 billion in 2020. The number is astonishingly concerning but not shocking. There are well over five hundred types of synthetic opioids, plus the other classifications of prescription drugs sold to the American people. The retail sales mentioned don’t even include the illegal, highly addictive substances that consume America’s people annually.  

There are many bad substances that the FDA has approved and many drugs that have caused death rates to skyrocket each year. For example, Seroquel is the brand name for a medication used to reduce bipolar and schizophrenic symptoms. The side effects include suicidal thoughts, death in elderly patients with underlying conditions, metabolic changes, high blood pressure, and brain syndromes. Natural alternatives are omega-3 fish oil, olive oil, vitamins, and herbal supplements or medicine.  

Have you heard of Avastin? It’s used to treat lung cancer, kidney, and ovarian cancer. The side effects include vaginal bleeding, bleeding in the stomach or brain, abdominal pain, or vomiting. Natural alternatives include eliminating sugar, Vitamin D3, essential oils, Korean Ginseng, and Astragalus.  

The side effects of these drugs approved by the FDA have caused more health issues and damage to the brain and body than good while putting people at risk of death or forming other illnesses or diseases. Duragesic, Prelone, Reclast, and other drugs produce worrisome effects but also have other alternatives that do not offer adverse symptoms or risks of addiction.  

How Many FDA Approved Drugs Have Been Recalled? 

Drugs approved by the FDA that were later recalled are over 12,000. On average, nearly 1,300 recalled drugs are taken off the market each year. The latest drug taken off the market in 2019 was Losartan, a drug that was sold by Macleods Pharmaceuticals. When the risks outweigh the benefits, the FDA deems it acceptable to take it off the shelves. Here are some recalled drugs:  

  • Belviq XR: Lorcaserin was used for weight loss and recalled in 2020.  
  • Bextra: Valdecoxib was used for pain relief and recalled in 2005 due to causing serious cardiovascular problems and other adverse effects.  
  • Cylert: Pemoline was used to treat ADHD/ADD and was recalled in 2010 due to liver toxicity.  
  • Merida: Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was recalled in 2010 for increasing strokes.  
  • Palladone: The narcotic painkiller was recalled in 2005 for slowing and stopping breathing and being fatal.  

There are many opioids and antidepressants that were approved by the FDA but later recalled. Drug recalls are necessary, but due to the amount of recalled FDA-approved drugs, it’s safe to say that not enough time and research is done on many of these drugs that are sold throughout the pharmaceutical industry. Opiate or prescription pill addiction treatment is highly advised if a prescribed drug is taken after the prescribed deadline and adverse side effects are experienced. 

Treatment at Our Palm Springs Rehab  

At Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs, our experienced medical staff guides patients through the medical detox process to safely overcome withdrawal symptoms. After the drug detox, patients will work with licensed professionals in SMART recovery training and other unique therapeutic treatment programs. If you or a loved one is feeling the toxic impacts of a prescription drug such as benzos, opioids, or antidepressants, then we have you covered.  


Don’t wait. Speak to a specialist at Banyan Palm Springs by calling 888-280-4763 now. Ask about our residential treatment program to get started on the path to recovery today! 


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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
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