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Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Issues a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution USP, 250mg/5mL, Due to the Potential for Some Bottles to be Super Potent Which May be Harmful

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Drugs

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Recall Reason Description

Super potent due to bottles being overfilled

Company Name:
Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
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Product Description

Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/5mL


Company Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 27, 2024 – Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Bridgewater, New Jersey (Amneal), is voluntarily recalling 4 lots (see table below) of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/5mL packaged in 80 mL, 150 mL, or 300 mL pack sizes, to the Consumer Level. Some bottles may have been overfilled which can result in an over potent dosing regimen. The recommended maximum daily dose allowance for this product is up to 2gm/day and patients prescribed a dosing regimen of 500 mg/10mL would exceed this daily allowance, which may be harmful to patients with renal insufficiency. The error occurred during the manual bottle filling stage of manufacturing.

Risk Statement: Adult patients who are prescribed the maximum daily dose of up to 2 grams per day of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for oral solution, USP 250 mg/5mL, may receive up to 4 grams of oral vancomycin per day because of the overfilled bottle. Some patients with inflammatory disorders of the intestinal mucosa also may have significant systemic absorption of vancomycin. These patients may be at risk for the development of adverse reactions associated with higher doses of vancomycin oral solution. Worsening renal function could be associated with electrolyte abnormalities such as high potassium leading to cardiac arrest. To date, Amneal has not received any reports of adverse events that have been confirmed to be directly related to this recall.

Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250mg/5mL, is administered orally for treatment of enterocolitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant strains) and antibiotic- associated pseudomembranous colitis caused by C. difficile.

The Vancomycin HCl for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/5mL subject to the recall, are identified by the NDC numbers stated on the product label. The following lot numbers of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/5mL are included in this recall.

Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250mg/5mL

NDC No.

Lot

Expiration Date

Pack Size

69238-2261-3 22613003A 09/2025 80 mL
69238-2261-7 22613004A 09/2025 150 mL
69238-2261-7 22613005A 09/2025 150 mL
69238-2261-5 22613005B 09/2025 300 mL

The affected Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/5mL lots were distributed Nationwide in the USA directly to Wholesalers and Distributors. The Lots were distributed between 11/09/2023 and 2/20/2024.

Amneal is notifying its direct customers via mail (UPS Standard Overnight) by mailing a recall notification letter and is arranging for the return of the recalled products. Anyone with an existing inventory of the product being recalled should examine the product and quarantine any of the recalled lots immediately.

Customers who purchased the impacted product directly from Amneal may call Amneal at 1-833-582-0812 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, EST, or email to Vancomycin_Recall@amneal.com for further information.

Retailers who have Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/5mL, which are being recalled, should examine their inventory and cease dispensing any of the impacted lots and contact Amneal directly via email at Vancomycin_Recall@amneal.com or by telephone 1-833-582-0812 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, EST, for information and instructions for the product return.

Consumers who have Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution, USP, 250 mg/mL should examine the bottle, cease using the product if the lot number is listed on the recall and contact Amneal via telephone or email for recall information and for product return instructions. Consumers may call Amneal at 1-833-582-0812 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, EST, or email Vancomycin_Recall@amneal.com for further information and instructions for the product return. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

If you would like to report any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product you may contact Amneal Drug Safety by phone at 1-877-835-5472, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, EST, or via e-mail at DrugSafety@amneal.com.

Any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained herein, regarding matters that are not historical facts, may be forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or forecasts for the future, including, among other things, future operating results and financial performance, product development and launches, integration strategies and resulting cost reduction, market position and business strategy. Words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “assume,” “continue,” and similar words are intended to identify estimates and forward-looking statements.

The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations of future events. If the underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”). Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to the products and recall thereof described in this press release. A further list and descriptions of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, as supplemented by any subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Copies of these filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.amneal.com or on request from the Company.


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