Drug Recalls


On July 17, 2018 -

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA today confirmed a voluntary recall to the consumer / user level of 29 lots of single and 51 lots of combination valsartan medicines distributed under the Actavis label in the U.S. due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical. The impurity detected in the API is N- nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification.

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



On July 13, 2018 -

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare LLC., is voluntarily recalling all lots of Valsartan Tablets, 40 mg, 80mg, 160mg, and 320mg; and Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg, and 320mg/25mg to the consumer level. This product recall is due to the detection of a trace amount of an unexpected impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), in an active pharmaceutical ingredient by the manufacturer – Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. -- in the manufacture of the subject product lots. This impurity has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification. However, at present Prinston is unaware of any evidence that NDMA has resulted in any harm to patients taking the drugs subject to this recall. To date, Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

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



On July 13, 2018 -

As a precautionary measure, the distribution firm, Major Pharmaceuticals, is issuing a nationwide voluntary recall of all lots within expiry of Valsartan which were supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals and labeled as Major Pharmaceuticals.

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



On June 29, 2018 -

Fagron Sterile Services is voluntarily recalling two (2) lots of Neostigmine Methylsulfate 5mL syringes to the user/hospital/clinic level. The specified product lots are being recalled because of a confirmed customer complaint that some syringe units containing Neostigmine Methylsulfate 1mg/mL, 5mg per 5mL are incorrectly labelled as Neostigmine Methylsulfate 1mg/mL, 3mg per 3mL. Secondary packages are properly labelled as Neostigmine Methylsulfate 1mg/mL, 5mg per 5mL.

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

 

 



On May 31, 2018 -

Apotex Corp. is voluntarily recalling one (1) lot of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, USP, 50 mcg per spray, 120 Metered Sprays, to the consumer level. The Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg per spray 120 Metered Sprays has been found to contain small glass particles. The glass particles could block the actuator and impact the functionality of the pump. The issue was discovered through a customer complaint.



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



On May 3, 2018 -

AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP, 3 grams*/ Single-Dose vial, to the hospital/user level. The recall has been initiated due to customer complaints of the presence of red particulate matter in the product that is believed to be red rubber particles from the manufacturing process of the active ingredients.

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



On April 11, 2018 -

Premier Pharmacy Labs issues voluntary nationwide recall of specific sterile injectable products lots due to a potential lack of sterility assurance.

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



On March 5, 2018 -

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the voluntary nationwide recall of ten lots of Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate for Injection, USP, 40mg, 125mg, and 1g. These products were manufactured by Gland Pharma Ltd. and distributed by Sagent Pharmaceuticals. Sagent has initiated this voluntary recall of Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate for Injection, USP to the user level due to the discovery of high out of specification impurity results detected during routine quality testing of stability samples for two lots.  This impurity has not yet been identified.

An elevated impurity has the potential to decrease effectiveness of the product in patients. To date, Sagent is not aware of any adverse patient events resulting from the use of the subject product lots.

Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate for Injection, USP is an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid indicated for a number of conditions, including but not limited to: allergic states, dermatologic diseases, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, hematologic disorders, miscellaneous (trichinosis with neurologic or myocardial involvement, tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or impending block when used concurrently with appropriate antituberculous chemotherapy), neoplastic diseases, nervous system, ophthalmic diseases, renal diseases, respiratory diseases, and rheumatic disorders. The product is supplied in 5 ml, 10 ml, and 30 ml glass tubular vials. The lot numbers being recalled were distributed to hospitals, wholesalers and distributors nationwide from April 2017 through February 2018.

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

 

 

 



On January 29, 2018 -

Kareway Products, Inc is voluntarily recalling 60,000 lots of Gericare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution, 4 fluid ounces to the hospital, retail or consumer level. The product has been found to have potential microbial contamination which compromises sterility.

 

 

 

 

Risk Statement: The product potentially could be calamitous for any population due to a probability of a potentially sight threatening eye infection or impairment. Kareway Products, Inc has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The product is used as eye wash to clean, refresh, soothe eyes for daily use or emergency eye cleansing by flushing foreign material. It is packaged in 4 fluid ounce (118 ml) bottles. The affected Gericare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution lots include the following Lot#86041601 and expiration date of 09/2019. The product can be identified by UPC 3-57896-18604-3. The product was distributed Nationwide to wholesale businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 



On January 26, 2018 -

Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Limbrel products to the patient (user/consumer) level at FDA's request. FDA has requested a recall of Limbrel due to rare but serious and reversible side effects associated with Limbrel.

 

 

 

 

Between January 1, 2007, and November 9, 2017, FDA received 30 adverse event reports of elevated liver function tests or acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis associated with the use of Limbrel products. These conditions present in rare cases with varying degrees of severity in patients taking Limbrel for the first time in the initial weeks of exposure, and may go unnoticed by the patient until they consult with their physician or until symptoms develop that require hospitalization. There have been no deaths reported with the use of Limbrel, and in all reported cases adverse effects resolved without residual effects after discontinuing use of the product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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