Drug Recalls


On November 24, 2017 -

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. (SPII), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN.BO, Bloomberg: SUNP IN, NSE: SUNPHARMA, BSE: 524715, “Sun Pharma” including its subsidiaries and/or associate companies) is voluntarily recalling two lots of Riomet® (Metformin Hydrochloride Oral Solution), 500 mg/5mL, to the retail level (Class II Recall).

This product is manufactured for SPII by a contract manufacturer. The Riomet® (Metformin Hydrochloride Oral Solution) has been found to be contaminated (Scopulariopsis brevicaulis). The contamination was discovered during sample preparation for the Antimicrobial Preservative Effectiveness Testing (AMPET) being performed as part of the 12 month stability study interval.

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

 



On November 16, 2017 -

Greenstone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., is  voluntarily recalling multiple lots of diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate tablets, USP to the consumer level. Greenstone initiated this recall because product from these lots has the potential to be super potent or sub potent.

 

 

 

 

Diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate tablets are indicated as adjunctive therapy in the management of diarrhea in patients 13 years of age and older. Diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate tablets are contraindicated in pediatric patients less than 6 years of age due to the risks of respiratory and central nervous system (CNS) depression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The use of the impacted super potent product when used as labeled has a low probability of being associated with adverse events of limited severity such as lethargy, skin flush, and drowsiness. Serious adverse events such as coma and respiratory depression areimprobable. If a patient was to receive a sub potent tablet, symptoms may not be controlled. To date, there have been no reports of adverse events related to this recall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 



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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.

Navitus Health Solutions LLC is a transparent Pharmacy Benefit Manager for a variety of health care plans. Navitus is not owned or operated by an entity related to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Navitus is also not responsible for the manufacture, distribution or recall of any medication. This notification is meant solely to provide information to our clients, members and policyholders, regarding the various recalls of medications by the FDA. Navitus assumes no liability for the information contained in these notifications.

This plan, Navitus MedicareRx (PDP), is offered by Navitus Health Solutions and underwritten by Dean Health Insurance, Inc., A Federally-Qualified Medicare Contracting Prescription Drug Plan.