A voluntary recall was launched on March 26, 2011 by Pfizer Inc.-owned Greenstone LLC for medications Citalopram 10mg Tablets (100-count bottle) and Finasteride 5mg Tablets (90-count bottle) with lot number FI0510058-A on the label. According to the FDA press release, the drugs are being recalled because of potential incorrect labels on the bottles that were added by a third-party manufacturer. There is a chance that bottles labeled as Citalopram Lot # FI0510058-A may have Finasteride inside of them. Citalopram is prescribed to patients to treat depression and Finasteride is prescribed to patients to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. Citalopram and Finasteride with lot number FI0510058-A should be returned to a patient’s pharmacist.
Patients who think they may have taken the wrong mediation due to the mislabeled drugs should get in touch with their healthcare professional as soon as possible.
One of the potential risks involved with the drug mislabeling could affect women who are or may become pregnant. These patients should not ingest or handle Finasteride because of the possible danger of developing male fetuses suffering abnormalities to the external genitalia. In addition, patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or primozide could experience adverse reactions from unknowingly taking Citalopram. Patients with hypersensitivity to Citalopram or any of the inactive ingredients in the tablet could also suffer serious side effects.
Another potentially serious issue posed by the incorrect drug labeling is that patients who stop taking Citalopram suddenly may encounter discontinuation symptoms and/or exacerbation of depression.
Experiencing health problems or serious side effects as a result of taking mislabeled versions of either Citalopram or Finasteride can give rise to a potential claim for injuries and damages. At Blume Forte, our New Jersey product liability lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of those harmed by manufacturer neglect or oversight. For a no-cost consultation about the merits of your potential claim, call 973-635-5400.