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Daniel J. DeNoon
Louise Chang, MD
Feb. 4, 2009 -- Ethex Corp. has extended its voluntary generic drug recall to include prescription prenatal vitamins and iron supplements, the FDA today announced.
In addition, the generic-drug recall, which was previously only aimed at wholesalers, now specifically includes patients using the following Ethex drugs:
Questions about these drugs should be addressed to Ethex Customer Service at 800-748-1472, faxed to Ethex Customer Service at 314-646-3788, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Central time.
Nobody is known to have been injured by the products. The reason for the "precautionary" recall is that "the products may have been manufactured under conditions that did not sufficiently comply with current Good Manufacturing Practice."
But for the vitamins, supplements, and most of the generic drugs, the recall still applies only to wholesalers, not to consumers.
"Patients who may have these products in their possession should continue to take them in accordance with their prescriptions, as the risk of suddenly stopping needed medications may place patients at risk," the FDA says in a news release.
The news release also warns patients that they "should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these products, or to obtain replacement medications or prescriptions."
The recalled prescription prenatal vitamin products are:
The recalled prescription iron supplement products are:
Today's recall extends a long list of prescription generic drugs that Ethex recalled from wholesalers only on Jan. 28.
Ethex Corp. of St. Louis is a subsidiary of KV Pharmaceutical Co.
SOURCES:News releases, FDA.
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