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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
FDA warns of potential contamination in multiple brands of drugs, dietary supplements Recalled products from Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals, Leader Brands all manufactured by PharmaTech
August 11, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands, due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) and the risk for severe patient infection.
The drug and dietary supplement products made by PharmaTech include liquid docusate sodium drugs (stool softeners), as well as various dietary supplements including liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children.
“B. cepacia poses a serious threat to vulnerable patients, including infants and young children who still have developing immune systems,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “These products were distributed nationwide to retailers, health care facilities, pharmacies and sold online – making it important that parents, patients and health care providers be made aware of the potential risk and immediately stop using these products.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), B. cepacia poses the greatest threat to hospitalized patients, critically ill patients and people with health problems such as weakened immune systems and chronic lung diseases. The symptoms of B. cepacia infections vary widely from none at all to serious respiratory infections. It can spread from person-to-person by direct contact and is often resistant to common antibiotics.
Consumers, pharmacies and health care facilities should immediately stop using and dispensing all liquid drug and dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands. These distributors voluntarily recalled the following products:
Liquid Multivitamin Supplement for Infants and Toddlers 50 mL, UPC: 096295128611 ALL LOTS
Liquid Vitamin D Supplement for Breastfed Infants 400 IU 50 mL, UPC: 096295128628 ALL LOTS
Certa-Vite Liquid 236ML 00904-5023-09 ALL LOTS
Poly-Vita Drops 50ML 00904-5099-50 ALL LOTS
Poly-Vita Drops W/Iron 50ML 00904-5100-50 ALL LOTS
Ferrous Drops Iron Supplement 50ML 00904-6060-50 ALL LOTS
D-Vita Drops 50ML 00904-6273-50 ALL LOTS
Tri-Vita Drops 50ML 00904-6274-50 ALL LOTS
Senna Syrup 237ML 00904-6289-09 ALL LOTS
C Liquid 500mg 118ML 00536-0160-97 ALL LOTS
Diocto Liquid 50mg/5ml 473ML 00536-0590-85 ALL LOTS
Ferrous Sulfate Elixir 473ML 00536-0650-85 ALL LOTS
Fer Iron Liquid 50ML 50ML 00536-0710-80 ALL LOTS
Senexon Liquid 237ML 00536-1000-59 ALL LOTS
Diocto Syrup 60MG/15ML 473ML 00536-1001-85 ALL LOTS
Aller Chlor Syrup 120ML 00536-1025-47 ALL LOTS
Calcionate Syrup 16OZ 00536-2770-85 ALL LOTS
Cerovite Liquid 236ML 00536-2790-59 ALL LOTS
D3 400iu Liquid 50ML 00536-8400-80 ALL LOTS
Poly-Vitamin Liquid 50ML 00536-8450-80 ALL LOTS
Tri-Vitamin Liquid 50ML 00536-8501-80 ALL LOTS
Poly-Vitamin W/Iron Liquid 50ML 00536-8530-80 ALL LOTS
The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of drugs and dietary supplements products to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.