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Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets (USP 50mg, 325mg, 40mg) and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets (USP 7.5mg, 500mg): Recall - Bottle Mislabeled

Monday, June 27, 2011

ISSUE : Qualitest and FDA is notifying pharmacists and patients of a recall to the retail level of specific lots of Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets due to possibility that the recalled bottles may contain incorrect tablets, and patients may unintentionally take butalbital and caffeine instead of hydrocodone. Unintentional administration of butalbital could result in symptoms such as sedation, lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea. Additionally, patients with an allergy to butalbital could experience a hypersensitivity reaction. Side effects due to caffeine are less likely, due to the small amounts in this formulation, however, those individuals with a sensitivity to caffeine may experience symptoms such as tremors, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Patients who were receiving hydrocodone for chronic pain might experience worsening pain and withdrawal symptoms as a result of this substitution.

BACKGROUND : The recall includes the following products:

- Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets, USP, 50mg/325mg/40mg, NDC 0603-2544-28 500 count, Lot Numbers C0390909A, C0400909A, C0410909A, C0590909B

- Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 7.5mg / 500mg, NDC 0603-3882-32, 1000 count, Lot Numbers C0390909A, C0400909A, C0410909A, C0590909B

These lots were distributed between November 13, 2009 and April 9, 2010 to wholesale and retail pharmacies nationwide (including Puerto Rico). Lot numbers can be found on the side of the manufacturer’s bottle. Tablet descriptions and photographs of tablets for these two products are provided in the firm's press release.

RECOMMENDATION : Qualitest is notifying all customers who may have received affected product and arranging for the return of any affected product. All patients who have filled prescriptions of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaninophen manufactured by Qualitest, are asked to double check the identity of their tablets.

Health care 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.htm

- 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

Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the press release, at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm260915.htm

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