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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.

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Earlier this month, Ranbaxy Laboratories initiated a voluntary drug recall of over 30,000 blister packs of one of the drugs it makes. The drug, which is a generic version of the popular allergy medication Claratin, is called loratadin and is a slow release pill with an added decongestant.

The FDA’s official title for the drugs is “Non-Drowsy 24 Hour Formula Allergy Relief and Nasal Decongestant, Pseudoephedrine Sulfate, USP 240 mg, Loratadine, USP, 10 mg, 5, 10, 15 count blister packs, OTC Only.”

According to a report by Business Insider, the recall affects drugs that were sold in the following five states: Rhode Island, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Evidently, the expiration on the packaging indicates that it expires in September 2015. The defective drug was sold at the following pharmacies: Rite Aid, CVS, Discount Drug Mart, H-E-B, Kroger, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, and Sunmark.

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