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Pravastatin Sodium Tablets by International Laboratories: Recall - Mislabeling

Audience: Pharmacy, Patient

ISSUE: International Laboratories, LLC is voluntarily recalling one (1) Lot of Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg packaged in bottles of 30 tablets, to the consumer level due to mislabeling. The product is labeled as Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg but contained Bupropion Hydrochloride XL 300 mg tablets. The affected product is NDC# 54458-925-16; Lot# 115698A

This lot of Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg was recalled when International Laboratories, LLC was informed by a pharmacist that one 30ct bottle of this product was mislabeled and contained Bupropion Hydrochloride XL 300 mg tablets.

If a subject mistakenly takes bupropion, common side effects include: nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness, blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible issues. However, individuals with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion due to it lowering the seizure threshold. Also, people on MAOIs can have a risky drug interaction with bupropion (hypertensive crisis). Finally, allergic reactions are also possible and could be life threatening.

BACKGROUND: Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg are an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (statin) indicated as an adjunctive therapy to diet when the response to a diet restricted in saturated fat and cholesterol and other non-pharmacologic measures alone has been inadequate. It is used to treat children and adolescent patients ages 8 years and older with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia after failing an adequate trial of diet therapy.

Bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (XL) 300 mg are an aminoketone antidepressant, indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and prevention of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in children, adolescents, young adults and adults.

RECOMMENDATION: International Laboratories, LLC is notifying its distributors and customer by letter and is arranging for return of all recalled products.  Consumers who have purchased this product should not open the package or use the contents. Instead, they should return the product to the location of purchase for a full refund, or call a Customer Complaint phone number at International Laboratories, LLC 727-322-7146 (Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM EST).

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact International Laboratories, LLC by phone 727-322-7146 or e-mail address sutka.veselinovic@internationallabs.com on Monday - Friday 8AM – 5PM EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

[08/09/2017 - Press Release - International Laboratories]

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