New NY law will inform patients of recalled medications

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will protect patients from taking recalled medications.

The law requires pharmacies to notify patients of Class 1 drug recalls within seven days.

Class 1 recalls are issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have a high probability of causing serious health issues or even death. This is particularly an issue for the elderly community and anyone taking long-term drugs.

Until now, there’s been no requirement for pharmacies to communicate this information to patients.

Cuomo said the following:

“People deserve to know when a medication that’s supposed to make them feel better may actually make them sicker, and it’s common sense that pharmacies communicate that information to patients in real time.”

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