Drug maker invokes nationwide revocation of generic Xanax because of the fear that a & # 39; foreign substance & # 39; cause infections
- Mylan issued a national recall for many of his generic Xanax, Alprazolam
- The recall applies to bottles of 500 tablets that are distributed between July and August
- Pills can be a & # 39; foreign substance & # 39; but the company does not specify what
- It said the risk is low, but the substance & # 39; infection & # 39; can cause
- How many bottles are affected is still unclear
The drug maker behind a generic form of Xanax has issued a nationwide recall of his popular anxiety medication because of the fear of a & # 39; foreign substance & # 39; in the pills, the company announced Friday.
This is thought to affect bottles with 500 doses of 0.5 mg Alprazolam tablets shipped between July and August.
Mylan, who sells the drug, gave no details about what the & # 39; foreign substance & # 39; could be in question and said that no patient had reported illnesses or injuries after taking the drug.
It asked retailers and wholesalers to remove products from much of the medicines from their shelves, but it is not clear how many bottles were distributed at the time of shipment.
Mylan has recalled one batch of Alprazolam (photo), its Xanax generic, with the fear that bottles of 500 tablets may be contaminated with an unidentified & # 39; foreign substance & # 39;
& # 39; This lot is being recalled due to the possible presence of a foreign substance & # 39 ;, Mylan said on her website.
& # 39; Clinical impact of the foreign material, if any, is expected to be rare, but the low risk of infection for a patient cannot be excluded. & # 39;
In 2012, according to American Addiction Centers, around 49 million prescriptions were written for Xanax or its generic drugs in the US.
And anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax have steadily increased in recent decades.
Between 1996 and 2013, the prescriptions for benzodiazepines, the potent class of drugs to which Xanax belongs, have increased by 67 percent, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania.
And the Americans with those recipes have received more pills, the number of tablets tripled in the same period.
Benzodiazepines – usually just & # 39; benzos & # 39; – were first considered a safer alternative to the addictive & # 39; sleep cures & # 39 ;, barbiturates, and Xanax was considered a safer successor to Valium.
But in recent years, benzos and Xanax in particular have had a bad rap, which has fueled a growing number of addictions and overdoses.
In addition to the recall, Mylan published this image of the labeling that would appear on bottles of the affected Alprazolam
Generic Xanax is now the newest drug in recent years, suspected of having some kind of contamination.
Only last year were popular blood pressure drugs such as Valsartan and heartburn, Zantac, recalled after a carcinogen, NDMA, was discovered in the stock.
Since 2013, pharmaceutical companies have had to remember about 8,000 medicines, a report from Kaiser Health News found it.
Mylan did not reveal what kind of & # 39; foreign matter & # 39; in the Alprazolam lot, but the risk of & # 39; infection & # 39; suggests that it is not the same carcinogenic chemical, but can be any number of other materials.
It is difficult to determine exactly how foreign objects, substances and contaminants end up in the supply of medicines, but are often accompanied by human errors, unsanitary conditions, machine errors or unforeseen between substances used to make the medicines.
Mylan, in turn, insists that patients taking 0.5 mg Alprazolam tablets call the distributor Stericyde (1-888-843-0255) if they think they have received a potentially contaminated bottle of medication.
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