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Safety Information

Published: May 2010

Urgent Medicine Recall - Pacific Atenolol 50mg and 100mg tablets

May 2010

Mylan New Zealand Ltd is recalling all Pacific Atenolol 50mg and 100mg tablets dispensed to patients since 1 January 2010. Atenolol is used to treat various heart conditions including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats and to prevent angina (chest pain).

The recall of Pacific Atenolol 50mg and 100mg tablets is due to a manufacturing problem. The problem could result in some tablets, dispensed after 1 January 2010, containing a higher or lower dose of atenolol than intended.

If tablets with the higher dose of atenolol are taken, patients may be more likely to experience an adverse reaction to the medicine such as dizziness, fatigue, light headedness or fainting, dry mouth, or an upset stomach.

If tablets with the lower dose of atenolol are taken, patients may be more likely to experience under-dosing with the potential for, for instance, severe exacerbations of arrhythmias, angina or potential for myocardial infarction.

Patients who feel unwell should seek medical advice

Action:

  1. You must not suddenly stop taking this medicine. However, you should not take a larger or smaller tablet if you find one.
  2. Return your Pacific Atenolol 50mg or 100mg tablets to your pharmacy for free replacement as soon as possible.
  3. If you have suffered any ill effects you should see a doctor immediately.

For further information, please call Mylan: 0800 579 811

Additional note for Healthcare professionals

Mylan New Zealand Ltd has sent information about this recall to all pharmacies, and general practitioners.

This information can be obtained from Mylan New Zealand Ltd by contacting 0800 579 811.

 

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