Drug Recalls

On December 9, 2020 -

AvKARE, Pulaski, TN is voluntarily recalling one lot of Sildenafil 100 mg tablets and one lot of Trazodone 100mg tablets to the consumer level. These products have been recalled due to a product mix-up of the listed two separate products inadvertently packaged together during bottling at a 3rd party facility. 

 

 

Product Lot Expiration date Bottle count NDC Number
Sildenafil Tablets, USP 36884 03/2022 100 42291-748-01
Trazondone Tablets, USP 36783 06/2022 1000 42291-834-10

 

 

 

 

Unintentional consumption of sildenafil may pose serious health risks to consumers with underlying medical issues. For example, sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease often take nitrates.  Unintended intake of trazodone may result in adverse health consequences such as somnolence/sedation, dizziness, constipation, and blurred vision. These adverse events may be more concerning in elderly patients due to a subsequent increased risk for falls and driving impairment. To date, AvKARE has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
 

Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, which is a PDE-5 inhibitor, is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and is packaged in 100 count bottles, NDC 42291-748-01. Trazodone hydrochloride is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder and packaged in 1000 count bottles, NDC 42291-834-10. The affected lots of Sildenafil 100 mg Tablet (Lot 36884 with an expiration date of 03/2022) and Trazodone Hydrochloride 100 mg Tablet (Lot 36783 with an expiration date of 06/2022) were distributed to our distributors and wholesalers, and then further distributed nationwide.

 

 



For more information about this recall, please visit the FDA website



On November 9, 2020 -

Lohxa, LLC is voluntarily recalling Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP, 0.12% Alcohol free (NDC:70166-027-15) products bearing an expiration date from 01/31/21 – 03/31/21 (see specific lots below) to the consumer level. This product is sourced and repackaged from Sunstar Americas Inc. who has notified us the product may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia lata.

Use of the defective product in the immunocompetent host may result in oral and, potentially, systemic infections requiring antibacterial therapy. In the most at-risk populations, the use of the defective product may result in life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and bacteremia. To date, no adverse events have been reported to Lohxa, LLC related to this recall.

 



For more information about this recall, please visit the FDA website



On November 3, 2020 -

Nostrum Laboratories, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 2 (two) lots of Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 500 mg to the consumer level. The Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 500 mg have been found to contain levels of nitrosamine impurities above the ADI limit of 96 ng/day as published in the FDA Guidance Document issued September, 2020.

NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables. Nostrum Laboratories, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
 

 

 

 



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On October 27, 2020 -

Sunstar Americas, Inc. (SAI) is voluntarily recalling Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP, 0.12% products bearing an expiration date from 6/30/22 – 9/30/22 (see specific lots below) to the consumer level. This product may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia lata.

Use of the defective product in the immunocompetent host may result in oral and, potentially, systemic infections requiring antibacterial therapy. In the most at-risk populations, the use of the defective product may result in life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and bacteremia. To date, no adverse events have been reported to SAI related to this recall.

The prescription oral rinse product, available through healthcare professionals only, is indicated for use as part of a professional program for the treatment of gingivitis and is packaged as follows:
 

  • 1789P GUM® Paroex® is distributed in cases each containing 6 amber bottles of 16 fluid ounce (473 ml) chlorhexidine rinse. The bottle has a childproof cap and a 15 ml metered dosage cup, is safety sealed, and is decorated with a multiple-panel wrap-around label.

1788P GUM® Paroex® is distributed in cases each containing 24 amber bottles of 4 fluid ounce (118.25 ml) chlorhexidine rinse. The bottle has a childproof cap, is safety sealed, and is decorated with a multiple-panel wrap-around label.

 

 



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On October 5, 2020 -

​Marksans Pharma Limited, India is voluntarily expanding its earlier initiated recall on June 05, 2020 to include an additional 76 unexpired lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg, & 750mg to the consumer level. Marksans performed N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) testing of unexpired identified marketed lots and observed that NDMA content in some lots is exceeding the acceptable Daily Intake Limit (ADI) of 96ng/day, therefore, out of an abundance of caution, an additional 76 lots are being recalled.



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On September 23, 2020 -

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. (SUN PHARMA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is voluntarily recalling one lot of RIOMET ER™ (metformin hydrochloride for extended-release oral suspension), 500 mg per 5 mL to the consumer level.  The reason for the recall is due to the level of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has been found to be above the allowable Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) limit established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests.  NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.  To date, SUN PHARMA has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

RIOMET ER™ (metformin hydrochloride for extended-release oral suspension) is a prescription oral medication indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults and pediatric patients 10 years of age and older with type 2 diabetes mellitus.  RIOMET ER™, when reconstituted, is packaged in a 16 oz. (473 mL) round bottle.  Each carton contains one bottle of drug pellets, one bottle of diluent, and one dosing cup.
 



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On September 21, 2020 -

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of all unexpired albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol manufactured by Catalent Pharma Solutions for Perrigo Pharmaceutical Company in Minneapolis, due to possible clogging of the inhaler resulting in patients not receiving enough or any medicine. This recall is to the retail level. FDA urges patients to continue using the inhaler they have on hand.

The albuterol inhaler delivers medication into the body through the airway and lungs, where it opens the airways to treat asthma and other conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients could face health risks if their rescue albuterol inhaler malfunctions and does not relieve symptoms in an emergency situation. FDA advises patients to:

  • immediately seek emergency care if needed;

  • use their Perrigo inhaler they have on hand, as needed and as directed by a doctor;

  • have extra inhalers or an alternative treatment available in case of malfunction, as some of these recalled inhalers stop working after several uses; and

  • contact their health care professional or pharmacist with questions.

FDA reminds health care professionals and patients that albuterol inhalers are available through additional manufacturers.
 



For more information about this recall, please visit the FDA website



On September 3, 2020 -

RLC Labs, Inc., Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Nature-Throid® and WP Thyroid® with Current Expiry Due to Sub Potency

​RLC Labs is recalling a total of 483 lots of Nature-Throid and WP Thyroid in all strengths because testing of samples from six lots by FDA found the samples to be sub potent. The product may have as low as 87% of the labeled amount of Liothyronine (T3) or Levothyroxine (T4).

Patients being treated for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), who receive sub potent Nature-Throid or WP Thyroid, may experience a variety of signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) including fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, puffy face, hair loss, slow heart rate, depression, swelling of the thyroid gland and/or unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight.

There is reasonable risk of serious injury in newborn infants, pregnant women and in elderly patients with hypothyroidism including early miscarriage, fetal hyperthyroidism, and/or impairments to fetal neural and skeletal development, cardiac pain, palpitations or cardiac arrhythmia.
 



For more information about this recall, please visit the FDA website



On August 5, 2020 -

Ferring Pharmaceuticals US is voluntarily recalling all lots on the market of DDAVP® Nasal Spray 10 mcg/0.1mL, Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray 10 mcg/0.1mL, and STIMATE® Nasal Spray 1.5 mg/mL listed in the table below to the consumer level. These products are being recalled due to superpotency or amounts of desmopressin higher than specified. These out of specification results were obtained during routine testing.

The risks associated with higher than specified amounts of desmopressin relate to abnormally low levels of sodium in the blood (i.e., hyponatremia) which could eventually lead to seizure, coma, and death. To date, Ferring has not received an increase in adverse event reports due to increased concentrations of desmopressin from users of the nasal spray. A single non-fatal adverse event potentially associated with this issue was reported in the US during the timeframe that the affected product was distributed.
 



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Drug Recall Process

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has jurisdiction over food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and other products and services as a monitor over product recalls. In most cases recalls are done voluntarily by the manufacturer or the distributor of the product. In some cases, a company will discover that one of its products is defective and will recall it. In other cases, the FDA will notify a company that one of its products is defective and will suggest or request a recall.

The FDA has guidelines for companies to follow in recalling defective products. These guidelines explain that the FDA expects these firms to take full responsibility for product recalls, including follow-up checks to assure that recalls are successful. The guidelines categorize all recalls into one of the three classes according to the level of hazard involved.

  • Class I recalls are for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death.
  • Class II recalls are for products that might cause a temporary health problem, or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature.
  • Class III recalls are for products that are unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violates FDA regulations.


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