Prenatal vitamins and supplements recalled
This is one recall that concerns pregnant women so please read!
The generic drug manufacturing company Ethex Corporation (a subsidiary of KV Pharmaceuticals) have recalled some of their vitamin and iron supplements normally prescribed to pregnant women, according to this US FDA safety alert. Although some recalls were at the wholesaler level, some drugs have already reached retailing pharmacies and maybe even the consumers.
The recalls started in 2008 and have now been expanded to include more than 60 generic products. The drugs that have reached the retailers are hydromorphone HCl and metoprolol succinate.
The reason for the recall is the fact that the products were manufactured under conditions that were noncompliant with good manufacturing practices (GMP) guidelines and is mainly a precautionary measure. The company press release and recall announcement did not specify any reported cases of adverse events associated with the products.
Pregnant women currently on the said prenatal vitamins are advised NOT TO STOP taking them because sudden cessation of certain medications can be hazardous to the health. Patients should therefore continue taking the medications but should talk to their doctors should they experience problems.
For a list of the products being recalled, check out