Blood pressure medication recalled over labeling error

Pearl Mccarthy
August 31, 2018

The bottle was a part of lot PW05264, and the FDA says it was a potential mix up of labeling.

The labels of the Accord Healthcare bottles say they contain 100 12.5-milligram tablets of hydrochlorothiazide, but they actually contain 100 25-milligram tablets of spironolactone, a drug used to treat heart, liver and kidney failure, the FDA said in a statement issued Monday.

Hydrochlorothiazide tablets are used in the treatment of hypertension either as the sole therapeutic agent or to enhance the effectiveness of other antihypertensive drugs in the more severe forms of hypertension.

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Those who are prescribed Accord's hydrochlorothiazide tablets should make sure that the pills are a light orange color with a letter H on one side, and a number 1 on the other. The notice said, "Use of spironolactone tablets instead of hydrochlorothiazide tablets, poses the risk of contracting hyperkalemia (increase potassium levels) in certain individuals, resulting in adverse events that range from limited health consequences to life-threatening situations in certain individuals".

A drug manufacturer is recalling bottles of a blood pressure medication after a mislabeled bottle was found containing a different medication, CBS affiliate WREG reported. Consumers are urged to report any drugs that do not match that description, or check with their pharmacist. The recall does not affect hydrochlorothiazide sold by other drug companies.

If you're taking any kind of prescription medication for your high blood pressure, it's worth double-checking your medicine cabinet. Altogether, about 75 million people likely take some type of medication to control hypertension.

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