The FDA only provides drug and medical device recall data since 2002. As a journalist seeking a more comprehensive data set, I really need to have access to this information.

  • Good question - it's not part of the openFDA initiative from what I can tell. I would suggest maybe tweeting at openFDA, US_FDA, and/or FDArecalls. Oct 5, 2014 at 13:09

1 Answer 1


The process isn't as nice as the API at openFDA, but you can always file a Freedom of Information Act request: http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/FOI/HowtoMakeaFOIARequest/

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.