Extra ingredients prompt Digitek digoxin recall

posted on:
April 28, 2008

author:
Staff

The fact that the heart failure treatment drug Digitek (Digoxin) may contain twice the approved level of active ingredient than is appropriate has prompted Digitek recall by Actavis Totowa.

Actavis Totowa LLC, a United States manufacturing division of the international generic pharmaceutical company Actavis Group, is initiating a Class 1 nationwide recall of Digitek (digoxin tablets, USP, all strengths) for oral use. The products are distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. under a “Bertek” label and by UDL Laboratories, Inc. under a “UDL” label.

The voluntary all-lot recall of Digitek (Digoxin) is due to the possibility that tablets with double the appropriate thickness may have been commercially released. These tablets may contain twice the approved level of active ingredient than is appropriate.

Digitek is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. The existence of double-strength tablets poses a risk of digitalis toxicity in patients with renal failure. Digitalis toxicity can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, cardiac instability and bradycardia. Death can also result from excessive Digitalis intake. Several reports of illness and injuries have been received.

Actavis manufactures the products for Mylan and the products are distributed by Mylan and UDL under the Bertek and UDL labels. Bertek and UDL are affiliates of Mylan.

Any customer inquiries related to the recall of Digitek Digoxin should be addressed to Stericycle customer service at 1-888-276-6166 with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm EST. Additional information about the voluntary recall can also be found at www.actavis.us.

Retailers who carry Digitek Digoxin are urged to return the product to their place of purchase. If consumers have medical questions, they should contact their health care providers.

This Digitek recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of recalled Digitek (Digoin) product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch

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