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A deadly mistake: in the US they mixed up the packages of heart drugs

Blood pressure medicine packs contain medicines designed to prevent strokes and blood clots in people with heart disease. Because of this, a drug recall has been announced. The edition told in more detail Miami Herald.

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Golden State Medical Supply reported that the 25-mg bottle of the hypertension drug atenolol actually contained a 75-mg tablet of clopidogrel.

The company is recalling clopidogrel 75 mg and atenolol 25 mg under lot number GS046745:

  • Clopidogrel (clopidogrel) NDC - 51407-032-10
  • Atenolol (atenolol) NDC - 60429-027-10

The company stated that no other lot numbers were included in the recall and no side effects were reported. Pennlive.

Atenolol is used to treat "hypertension, to lower blood pressure".

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Clopidogrel, according to the company, is "prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke, blood clots, or serious heart problems in patients who have had a heart attack, severe chest pain, or circulatory problems."

Patients prescribed atenolol but actually taking clopidogrel "have an increased risk of coronary disease (angina pectoris, myocardial infarction), hypertensive and arrhythmic adverse events associated with the rapid withdrawal of beta-antagonists."

In addition, patients taking atenolol often take anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs at the same time and will have an increased risk of bleeding if clopidogrel is added to them.”

The company said the recalled drugs were "primarily sold in AmerisourceBergen and McKesson." These companies were told to stop distribution and contact patients and pharmacies.

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Patients and caregivers should return recalled medications to the pharmacy or contact their healthcare provider for instructions on what to do.

Consumers with questions about this recall may contact Golden State at 800-284-8633 between 10:30 am and 19:00 pm.

If these or any medications cause a problem, after notifying your health care provider, report it to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the MedWatch Adverse Events page or by filling out a form that you can get by calling 800-332 -1088. Then notify the manufacturer.

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