International Laboratories has initiated a voluntary recall to the consumer level in the United States of a single lot of the antiplatelet clopidogrel because it is mislabeled and may contain simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug, instead of clopidogrel.
The recalled product ― lot number 117099A of clopidogrel tablets (USP 75 mg) packaged in bottles of 30 tablets ― may contain clopidogrel 75 mg tablets or it could contain simvastatin tablets (USP 10 mg), according to a company announcement posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
"Missed doses of clopidogrel increases the risk of heart attack and stroke which can be life threatening. Additionally, unintentional consumption of simvastatin could include the common side effects associated with its use and may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman," the company cautions.
To date, the company has not received any reports of harm arising from the problem that prompted the recall.
The recalled product was distributed nationwide and was delivered to distribution centers in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, California, and Maryland and to retail stores in all US states.
International Laboratories is notifying distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for the return of all recalled products.
For questions regarding this recall, contact Inmar by phone 855-258-7280 (weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST) or by email at email@example.com.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product should be reported to the FDA's MedWatch adverse event reporting program.
Cite this: Mislabeled Clopidogrel Lot Recalled, May Contain Simvastatin - Medscape - Apr 17, 2020.