FDA: Some liquid pharmaceuticals recalled due to possible bacterial contamination

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The drugs and dietary supplements include liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops, and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children.
The drugs and dietary supplements include liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops, and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children.

(HealthDay News) — The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients.

The drugs and dietary supplements, made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Florida, include liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops, and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children, the agency said in a news release. Reports of the discovery of Burkholderia cepacia bacteria in both Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup prompted the voluntary recall by 3 companies that label PharmaTech products, the FDA said. The 3 companies are Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Leader Brands.

"B. cepacia poses a serious threat to vulnerable patients, including infants and young children who still have developing immune systems," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in a statement. "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."

The FDA advises patients and physicians to stop using these products immediately. Consumers with questions can contact Rugby Laboratories/Major Pharmaceuticals at 800-645-2158, or Leader at 800-200-6313.

Reference

FDA warns of potential contamination in multiple brands of drugs, dietary supplements [press release]. US Food and Drug Administration. Published August 11, 2017. Accessed August 18, 2017.

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