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.