A Drug Combine-Up Prompts a Recall

A Drug Mix-Up Prompts a Recall

The FDA this week released a voluntary recall of two types of drugs that ended up in the same bottles. The drug company AvKARE issued the recall after the pills, one currently being used for erectile dysfunction and the other, an antidepressant, for the same problem from the label, were accidentally packaged together.

AvKARE announces voluntary nationwide recall of Sildenafil 100 mg tablets and Trazodone 100 mg tablets due to product mix-ups https://t.co/hSlz88dHu6 pic.twitter.com/M7ImIfHaRi

– U.S. FDA Recalls (@FDArecalls) December 10, 2020

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra and is used to treat erectile dysfunction. The other drug, trazodone, is used for depression and as a sleep aid.

The pills look different, Trazodone is a circular pill, Sildenafil is oblong. Sites like NIH and Rxlist have databases that allow users to identify pills by color, shape, and texture. People can always check that the markings on their pills match the information on the prescription.

This is not the first mistake this year. Accord Healthcare Inc. received a product recall back in March because two drugs were mixed up and mislabeled.

Both drugs require a prescription only and should not be taken without medical advice. Fortunately, AvKARE has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall to date, according to a company statement. "

Those affected can contact the company Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST) at 1-855-361-3993.


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