Unit recalls also increased to more than 13.1 million units, as compared with the last quarter of 2012 during which 11.7 million units were recalled.
The increase in FDA inspections is a response to the meningitis outbreak in 2012, when more than 700 patients became ill and over 50 patients died. In addition to drug compounding companies, large drug companies have recalled significant numbers of drugs as well. These companies include Hospira and Novartis.
Recalls Jump 32% in First Quarter: More than 100 Prescription Drugs Affected, but OTC Recalls Include Large Numbers