Nationwide recall issued for all PharmaTech liquid drugs


The recall comes after possible product contamination.

Those infections include pneumonia.

A number of people have reported adverse events with constipation medicines known as oral liquid docusate sodium products during 2017. The bacteria involved is Burkholderia cepacia, or B. cepacia. The agency recommends that pharmacies and healthcare professionals contact their suppliers to identify which of their products were made by PharmaTech, a contract development and manufacturing organization based in Florida. Instead, they contain the labels of distributors such as Leader Brand, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Rugby Laboratories. Rugby then issued a voluntary recall of the PharmaTech-manufactured docusate sodium solutions. The latest safety alert covering all PharmaTech liquid products was issued after the FDA determined that other products may be contaminated.

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Investigators also detected B. cepacia in the water system used to manufacture the product.

However, determining which products were manufactured by PharmaTech could prove hard "because these liquid products are not labeled with a PharmaTech label", the safety alert states.

"Patients who are using liquid drug products and who have concerns should contact their health care professional", the FDA advises. You can consult the FDA recall announcement for a list of recalled products with photos.