A new law signed by Governor Cuomo will force pharmacies to notify New York residents if a recall is issued for any class I drugs that they've been given.

The new law states that the pharmacy that issued the drug(s) must notify the patient within seven days. It takes effect immediately and requires notification by phone or mail.

Governor Cuomo stated, '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. This measure will help ensure patients get the facts about a recalled drug quickly so they can talk to their doctor about safer alternatives'.

Class I drugs have a high probability of causing serious health consequences or death. Those at greatest risk include the elderly and those taking long-term medications. Anyone with questions should contact their health care provider.

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