April 1, 2011 – Greenstone LLC, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., has voluntarily recalled a lot of Citalopram tablets and Finasteride tablets after because it is believed they were mislabeled by a third-party manufacturer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was made aware of the potential mislabeling and released a statement alerting consumers to lot number FI0510058-A of either drug. The affected bottles will have the lot number printed on the label and include Citalopram 10mg tablets in 100-count bottles and Finasteride 5mg tablets in a 90-count bottle. Citalopram is a drug used to treat depression and if interrupted abruptly could cause discontinuation symptoms or worsening of depression. If a patient was given a mislabeled bottle containing Finasteride, it may cause these side-effects because of the discontinuation of the appropriate medication. Finasteride is prescribed for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and poses a serious health risk to pregnant women or women who are planning on becoming pregnant. Finasteride increases the risk of birth defects, especially the potential for abnormalities in male genitalia. Therefore, women should not ingest or handle this medication. Consumers who have obtained a bottle with lot number FI0510058-A should return it to their pharmacy. If there are questions or concerns if you have already potentially ingested the wrong medication you should contact your pharmacist or doctor immediately. Patients may also contact Pfizer Inc. at 1-800-438-1985 for related problems. Mix-ups in medications can cause a couple serious problems. Not only is the patient not receiving their correct medication, but they also may suffer harm from ingesting a medication they were not intended to take. Serious illness or death can result from mislabeled drugs, resulting in a dangerous product claim.
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