Drug Recall

 

HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is conducting a sponsor initiated recall of 10 batches salbutamol inhaler which are manufactured by GSK and distributed under the names of VENTOLIN (GSK) and ASMOL (Alphapharm) as described below:-

Product

Salbutamol 100 microgram (as sulfate) inhaler

Brand

VENTOLIN

ASMOL

Distributor

GSK

Alphapharm

Batch no

KN7170

KL6790

KN7173

KL6795

KN7178

KL6796

KN7179

KL6797

KL6798

KL6799

 

Some inhalers from the affected batches are delivering less than the full 100 microgram dose, sometimes as low as 30 microgram. It is possible that this could reduce the efficacy of the medicine, although the overall risk to the patient is considered low.

Persistent symptoms of asthma resulting from use of an affected inhaler may be managed by
1-2 additional doses, but may represent a worsening of underlying asthma requiring
medical intervention.

Please inspect your stocks and quarantine all units from the above batch number for return to your supplier who will arrange for refund or replacement. Any items from these batches supplied by HPS Pharmacies should be returned to the Pharmacy for processing.

As batches are available that are not affected, there is not expected to be any interruption of availability. This recall notice does not affect any other delivery forms of VENTOLIN and ASMOL or other respiratory medicines supplied by GSK or Alphapharm.

Please retain this notice in a prominent position for one month in case stock is in transit, including other related business units.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies or GlaxoSmithKline Medical Information on 1800 064 162.

Information regarding expected dates for supply may vary subject to delays which are out of our control. HPS Pharmacies does not accept responsibility for such changes but will endeavour to keep our clients updated as information is made available from drug manufacturers or wholesalers.

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