Earlier in May of this year, an Indian-owned pharmaceutical company announced a voluntary recall of over 10,000 bottles of promethazine hydrochloride, a drug used to treat allergies. According to a report by Medical Daily, the recall was initiated when a 25-mg tablet of atenolol was found mixed in with the allergy medication. Atenolol is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. The recall affects those bottles with a September 2015 expiration date.
Potential side effects for atenolol are listed as constipation, memory loss, impotence, numbness, and diarrhea. There has not been any research done to determine what potential side effects may occur from taking the two medications together. However, out of an abundance of caution, the company decided to recall the bottles.
This recall is a Class-II recall, meaning that it “involves a potential health hazard situation where there is remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.” Evidently, this is the seventh recall that this particular pharmaceutical company has announced this year. Given their track record, the FDA is beginning to crack down on Indian pharmaceutical companies. In fact, the FDA has already placed a ban on the import of medication from two Indian pharmaceutical companies this year. Given this company’s track record for 2014, it may be next.
Prescription Drug Errors Can Come with Fatal Consequences
The article mentioned above notes that there has not been any research conducted on the interaction of the two pills that were accidentally mixed in the same bottle. While that certainly is a concern, it is not the only one.
By including pills of an unknown type in another bottle, there is the potential for all kinds of bad drug interactions. When a physician prescribes a certain medication, he or she will make sure to find out what other medications the patient is taking, in order to ensure that there are no negative interactions. However, if an unknown medication is included in a bottle of pills, there is no telling what other medications the patient is taking—and what kinds of reactions they may suffer as a result.
The bottom line is that drug companies and pharmacies have a duty to take the utmost care in labeling medication and filling prescriptions. When they fail to live up to this duty, they can be held responsible for any harm that is caused as a result of that failure.
Have You Been Injured By a Bad Drug or Pharmacy Error?
If you have suffered some kind of injury because of a bad drug interaction that you believe was the fault of the drug company or the pharmacy that filled the prescription, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To find out more about how to recover for your injuries, contact a dedicated pharmacy error attorney today at the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The dedicated attorneys at Lebowtiz & Mzhen have years of experiences recovering for their clients, and they know what it takes to bring a winning case. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 today to schedule a free no-cost consultation.
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