Popular Antidepressant Recalled

Popular Antidepressant Recalled

It's a small recall, but wrong drug could be in the bottle.

A popular antidepressant is being recalled. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that Pfizer is voluntarily  recallling three lots of Effexor XR.

One lot of  150 milligram 30-count capsules and one of  90-count capsules are included in the recall, as well as a third lot of the generic form of the same drug.  It's called Venlafaxine HCL and is marketed under the Greenstone label.

Pfizer's doing this because a pharmacist reported that one bottle of Effexor XR contained the heart medicine Tikosyn, which can cause an irregular heartbeat.
The company says it's very unlikely other bottles of Effexor XR contained TIkosyn, but they were produced on the same production line as the problem bottle.

This recall is to the patient level and involves Pfizer lot numbers V130142 and V130140, which both expire in October 2015, and Greenstone lot number V130014, which expires in August 2015.

Patients with questions regarding the return of products should contact Stericycle at 1-888-345-0481 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm ET). Patients with questions regarding this recall can contact Pfizer Medical Information at 1-800-438-1985 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm ET or Friday, 9am to 5pm ET).

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