Advisory - Hypertension drug PMS-Losartan-HCTZ recalled due to labelling error

PMS-Losartan-HCTZ (CNW Group/Health Canada)

OTTAWA, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The issue:

Pharmascience Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, is recalling one lot of PMS-Losartan-HCTZ due to a labelling error on the blister pack (see photo below). The printed boxes of the product show the proper dosage "Losartan-HCTZ100/25mg," while some blisters or inner packages incorrectly say "Losartan-HCTZ 100/12.5mg." The product is packaged with 100/25mg tablets. Taking more of the drug than prescribed could have serious health effects.

Who is affected:
Canadians who either have used or purchased PMS-Losartan-HCTZ 100/25mg lot number 0300804.

What consumers should do:
  • If you are taking this product, check the packaging for the lot number.  If this is the affected lot, return the product to your pharmacist and obtain a replacement.
  • Report any adverse events using these products to Health Canada.

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada is monitoring Pharmascience Inc.'s recall and will inform Canadians should there be new information, as necessary.

Background:

PMS-Losartan-HCTZ 100/25mg is a combination product of both losartan (100 mg) and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, 25mg) used for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). One lot is being recalled due to a labelling error on the inner package or blister.  Taking two 100/25mg tablets instead of one to obtain the correct amount of HCTZ would result in a double dose of both components (losartan and HCTZ) of this product and potential serious adverse effects. The possible risks of a double dose include hypotension (low blood pressure), fast heart rate, and depletion of electrolytes (or salts) in the body and dehydration.

Products affected:
1. PMS-Losartan-HCTZ (Lot number: 0300804).

For more information:

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report side effects of health products to Health Canada:

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.

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SOURCE Health Canada

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For further information:

Media Enquiries: 
Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public Enquiries:
(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709