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Drug Mixup Leads to Blood Thinner Recall

By Burg Simpson
April 17, 2020
2 min read

International Laboratories, LLC has announced that is recalling one lot of its blood thinner drug Clopidogrel due to a serious labeling error. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some of the drugs in this lot labeled as Clopidogrel Tablets USP 75 mg may actually be a completely different medication – the cholesterol drug Simvastatin.

This mislabeling is could result to serious harm or death. According to the FDA, Clopidogrel is a blood thinner that is indicated for the use in patients with acute coronary syndrome, recent heart attack, recent stroke, or established peripheral arterial disease. Clopidogrel tablets have been shown to reduce the rate of heart attack and stroke. Accordingly, if a patient misses a dose of Clopidogrel due to the mislabeling, he or she is at a greater risk of a heart attack or stroke that could be life threatening. 

Additionally, according to the FDA, the unintentional ingestion of Simvastatin may cause side effects such as headaches and abdominal pain. Further, the unintentional ingestion of Simvastatin could cause a disease of the muscle (myopathy), including rhabdomyolysis, and may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Finally, allergic reactions are also possible and could be life threatening. 

The affected lot being recalled is Lot# 117099A. The drug’s packaging to distributors is pictured below; however, a patient’s prescription may look different.

Clopidogrel packaging

According to the FDA, International Laboratories, LLC is notifying distributors and customers of the recall and is arranging for return of all recalled products. The recall advises consumers who have purchased this product to stop using it and to return it the location of purchase for a full refund. For more information regarding this recall, click here.

If you or a loved one were injured due to the mislabeling of Clopidogrel Tablets USP 75 mg, contact one of our experienced Cincinnati drug attorneys at Burg Simpson today. Our compassionate team of lawyers is prepared to seek justice and compensation for your injuries, even if it means taking on the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.  Call 513-852-5600, or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.

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