Addressing drug recalls

Identifying and responding to recalls can be difficult. The California Board of Pharmacy produced a guidance document, Addressing Drug and Device Recalls in Hospitals, intended to assist hospitals in setting up systems and procedures to make the process more reliable.The board summarizes its guidance as follows:

  1. Pre-position the facility to receive notice of recalls from multiple sources;
  2. Identify if the facility has the product;
  3. If so, quickly remove the product from all patient care areas;
  4. Identify, assess, notify and treat patients who may have received the product;
  5. Identify alternative products to maintain therapy;
  6. Return the quarantined product; and
  7. Document and evaluate the process.