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Epilepsy drug recalled by UK watchdog

12 Jul 2013

Levetiracetam is among several prescription medicines being recalled by the UK's medicines watchdog. The medicines, made at an Indian factory, failed a routine safety check.

The watchdog, called the MHRA, has said that there is no evidence of a risk to patient safety. It only wants pharmacies to return their stocks. Individual patients do not need to return their medicines, and should continue taking them as prescribed by their family doctor.

Some of the other medicines affected include:

  • Metformin, taken by people with Type 2 diabetes;
  • Atenolol, used to treat high blood pressure and angina;
  • Pramipexole for Parkinson's disease;
  • Risperidone for schizophrenia; and
  • Clopidogrel for blood clots.

As reported on the BBC's website, Gerald Heddell, the MHRA's director of inspection, enforcement and standards, said: "This is a precautionary recall.

"People can be reassured that there is no evidence that medicines made by Wockhardt are defective so it's important people continue to take their medicines as prescribed.

"All batches of medicines manufactured outside the European Union are tested on importation to the UK before they reach patients.

"However, we have taken this precautionary action because the medicines have not been manufactured to the right regulatory standards.

"We are working with the Department of Health to ensure that people have access to the medicines they need.

"Anyone who has questions should speak to their pharmacist or GP [family doctor]."

More information on levetiracetam

Epilepsy Today's Drugwatch page




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