Recall of Citalopram, etc.
This Pfizer press release was posted to fda.gov earlier this month. It may be of interest to some of you.http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm248552.htm
Recall -- Firm Press Release
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Page Last Updated: 04/01/2011
Greenstone Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall
Of Citalopram And Finasteride Due to Possible Mislabeling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 26, 2011 - Greenstone LLC announced today that it is voluntarily conducting a recall, to the patient level, of medicines with lot number FI0510058-A on the label. This includes Citalopram 10mg Tablets (100-count bottle) and Finasteride 5mg Tablets (90-count bottle), both distributed in the U.S. market. The recall is due to the possibility that incorrect labels have been placed on the bottles by a third-party manufacturer. This is the only lot number being recalled and no other lots or markets are believed to be impacted.
Importantly, bottles labeled as Citalopram Lot # FI0510058-A may contain Finasteride. Patients who believe they may have ingested the wrong medication should contact their physician as soon as possible. Women who are, or may become pregnant, should not take or handle Finasteride due to the possible risk of side effects which may cause abnormalities to the external genitalia of a developing male fetus. Citalopram is contraindicated in patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or pimozide, It is also contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to Citalopram or any of the inactive ingredients in the tablet. Patients who discontinue Citalopram abruptly by inadvertently taking the mislabeled product may experience discontinuation symptoms and/or worsening of depression.
Bottles of either Citalopram (used to treat depression) or Finasteride (for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia) with lot number FI0510058-A should be returned to the pharmacist.
Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product. Also, any adverse events that may be related to the use of these products should be reported to Pfizer Inc. at-1-800-438-1985 (24 hours a day) or to FDA's Med Watch Program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Greenstone LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.