FDA Issues Urgent Recall of Blood Pressure Medicine

It has been determined that a staggering 135 lots of blood pressure medicine have been recalled due to concerns that the pill capsules may not dissolve correctly when they are consumed by patients.

With all of the precise batch numbers and expiration dates indicated in a document that was sent to the FDA, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals announced a 114-batch recall of the Potassium Chloride (750 mg)  in plastic bottles with 100 and 500 tablets.

American Health Packaging of the identical medication for BluePoint Laboratories recalled twenty-one batches. 

Hyperkalemia, or abnormally high blood potassium levels, may occur if the extended-release potassium chloride capsules do not dissolve properly, as stated in a corporate notification. Hyperkalemia can induce life-threatening irregular heart rhythms, paralysis, or muscle weakness.

Because of the impaired transport of the medicines, patients using this medication to treat elevated blood pressure and avoid cardiac or renal failure are very vulnerable.

Cardiac arrhythmias, severe muscular weakness, and death can happen to those who take these recalled batches.  Hyperkalemia and the other side effects listed have not been reported to Glenmark at this time.

Since these potassium chloride tablets have already been sent to distributors, retailers, and wholesalers throughout the country, Glenmark has sent letters to these businesses urging them to remove the items from sale immediately.

Furthermore, customers are advised to contact their physician or healthcare practitioner at the first sign of hyperkalemia, according to the business.

The FDA is encouraging individuals to report adverse occurrences to the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by conventional mail, or by fax.

When warranted, MedWatch provides safety warnings for drugs regulated by the FDA, such as:

Medications  (available with a prescription or without), biomedical products, including blood products, plasma products, and gene treatments. 

Combination items such as nasal spray, metered-dose inhalers, and pre-filled medication syringes.

Medical equipment such as implants, breast pumps, and cardiac pacemakers.

Items pertaining to the diet, including drinks and condiments.

Unique dietary items include baby formula and restricted diet meals.

Personal care products such as lotions, concealers, hair colorants, and tattoo ink.