Blog > Defective Products > Protections Against Medicine Tampering

Protections Against Medicine Tampering

Medicine tampering can lead to serious injuries, so it is important that you never take a medication if you suspect it may have been opened or tampered with. According to the FDA, anyone using nonprescription over-the-counter medicines needs to be on the lookout for any medications that have been opened. The packages that hold these medications are among some of the most safely packaged consumer products in the world, but no package is tamper-proof.

Before purchasing or using an over-the-counter medication, make sure to read the label. Inspect the outer packaging for any signs of tampering before you buy the medication and examine the medicine itself before you take it to make sure that it looks normal. Never take a medication that comes from a package with tears, cuts, or other imperfections. Also, never take medicine in the dark as you may get pills confused or may take the wrong medication.

It is important to examine the label and medicine every time that you take it or give it to someone else to make sure that nothing has changed about the packaging shape or color of the capsules or number of capsules in the package. If your medication doesn’t look right, then make sure to talk to someone about it. Never buy any medications that look suspicious and tell the store manager if you believe that something is wrong with the product.

If you are injured by a tampered medication, then you may be able to seek compensation from a party responsible. For example, if store personnel tampered with medications and then put them back on the shelves, and you fell ill as a result, then you may be able to seek compensation. Also, if the medication was recalled but the store continued to sell it, then you can also seek compensation. Talk to a New York personal injury attorney with over 50 years of experience at Greenberg & Stein today if you want more information!