Novartis drugs were recalled due to possible contamination

One of the most recent drugs recalls that Nashville residents should be aware of involves over five million samples that were distributed to physicians to pass out to their patients. According to reports, the massive recall actually started in the summer of 2013 and has continued today as the pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis announced that more potentially dangerous or defective products have been added to the growing list.

Novartis claims that prior to the recall they were using a photocuring chemical called Darocur 1173 in their packing process. They believe that this chemical agent leeched from the ink and packaging sleeves and may have contaminated some of the medication found inside the bottles. The physicians who have received the samples have been alerted to this issue. Whether or not those medical professionals will be able to adequately alert those who received samples remains unknown at this time.

Some of those drugs recalled include the cholesterol lowering Lescol XL, a medication named Stalevo that helps treat Parkinson’s disease, and various blood pressure pills. There were reportedly 4.7 million bottles of Exforge and Exforge HCT recalled.

The Food and Drug Administration has listed this voluntary recall at a Class 2, which means that it is unlikely that consumers will be seriously affected by the defective products; however, no two individuals are alike so it’s important to immediately discontinue use of the recalled drug. Those who believe that they may have been harmed by these or any other medications should consider discussing the matter with an attorney.

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet, “Novartis Recalls More Than 5 Million Physicians’ Samples,” Katey Troutman, Dec. 23, 2013

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