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Friday, November 10, 2006

generic drug recall

I know I promised a restaurant update, but a topic has come up
that just needs a bit of scrutiny. Yesterday Perrigo Company
issued a voluntary recall of 11 million bottles of Acetaminophen
500mg (a common pain reliever/fever reducer; the most commonly
known name brand of this is Tylenol). The Michigan based drug
company discovered that tiny metal fragments were contaminating
the capsule shaped pills. This recall will affect folks all over the U.S.,
as the list of over 100 sellers of Perrigo acetaminophen includes
Walmart, CVS, K-Mart, and Kroger (all found in our fair city). Perrigo
informed the FDA about this problem on Nov. 1st, after they
conducted quality control checks on their equipment; some of this
equipment was wearing down "prematurely", but they were also quick
to point out that it bought some of the raw materials for the caplets from
an unnamed "third-party supplier". (Starting to pass the buck now, are
we?!?) The FDA believes that "the probability of serious adverse
health consequences is remote", yet "if a consumer were to swallow
an affected caplet, it could result in minor stomach discomfort and/or
possible cuts to the mouth or throat." (all quotes taken from the
WebMD website.) Now I know that all the major drug companies have
had recalls for one reason or another, but NOT for pieces of metal in
their pills. (might destroy your liver or make you suicidal, but you won't
swallow wiring!) Yet another reason to AVOID generic drugs. Yes, you
pay less, but you are also a bit less sure of what you are ingesting.
Call me a snob, but I won't even buy generic hand cream, much less
something to help my head. This recall is yet another reason to buy
name brand items rather than products from the vast unknown generic
wasteland.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

My issue is Zyprexa which is only FDA approved for schizophrenia (.5-1% of pop) and some bipolar (2% pop) and then an even smaller percentage of theses two groups.
So how does Zyprexa get to be the 7th largest drug sale in the world?

Eli Lilly is in deep trouble for using their drug reps to 'encourage' doctors to write zyprexa for non-FDA approved 'off label' uses.

The drug causes increased diabetes risk,and medicare picks up all the expensive fallout.There are now 7 states (and counting) going after Lilly for fraud and restitution.

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Daniel Haszard

1:53 PM, November 10, 2006  
Blogger lilredpro5 said...

I don't think I have been to a
doctors office where I haven't
seen drug reps from one company
or another hovering around, giving
out pens, cups, tissue holders,
and more just to get docs to
prescribe their drugs. Scary
stuff...hope Eli Lilly gets their
just desserts, good luck Daniel.

3:17 PM, November 10, 2006  

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