Not every company catches a defective product before it ends up in the hands of consumers. It does not matter whether it is a pharmaceutical, cosmetic, medical device or some other company. The Food and Drug Administration has purview over a variety of industries and uses a variety of reporting processes that allow consumers, patients and health professionals here in Tennessee and elsewhere to report problems. In some cases, the FDA’s reporting process is the first time anyone knows of a problem with a product.

For instance, the agency’s MedWatch program allows consumers, patients and health professionals report issues with numerous products, such as over-the-counter and prescription medications, medical devices, combination products and more. Even products such as cosmetics, dietary supplements, infant formulas and food products can be reported through this program. The FDA regulates these and other products that ultimately make their way to consumers and patients.

The products used by people across the country and here in Tennessee should meet product safety standards set by the FDA and other governmental agencies. When one does not, it could end up causing significant harm to unsuspecting people. As much as people want to rely on those regulations and standards, some things do slip between the cracks.

While the FDA’s reporting process does eventually help save lives and save others from experiencing harm, it often comes too late for some people. Anyone who does suffer harm will most likely suffer damages as a result. It may be possible to pursue restitution from the party or parties the court deems responsible through the filing of a civil claim.