Blood pressure medication was recalled after it may have been mixed up with a drug that could be deadly to heart patients. The blood pressure medication is called Hydrochlorothiazide, and it is distributed by Accord Healthcare. It has been voluntarily recalled after a bottle was found to contain Spironolactone.
Spironolactone is used to treat a number of conditions, including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and low potassium levels. Hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat high blood pressure. Although both drugs can be used to treat high blood pressure, if one drug is used instead of the other in some patients, the results can be deadly. In particular, using Spironolactone instead of Hydrochlorothiazide poses the risk of increased potassium levels.
The pharmaceutical company found out about the mix up after a pharmacy called to report the error. It’s believed that a mix-up in labeling caused the problem. Accord performed an investigation at the manufacturing site and believes that the number of potentially affected lots is small. Fortunately, the company has not received any reports of adverse reactions. The company is telling users of Hydrochlorothiazide to check their tablets to ensure they are light orange or peach, round, and have an H on one side and a 1 on the other side. Accord is notifying its distributors and retailers of the mix-up, and any consumers that have the medication should return it to the pharmacy.
Pharmaceutical companies, which often make millions and even billions in profit annually, have a duty to their customers to manufacture drugs that are safe for their intended uses. When they fail to do so, the company can be held liable for product liability. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.