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How sure are you that all the medications in your medicine cabinet are child-proof? This is an important thing to consider if you have children at home. It’s also important to keep tabs on recalls related to child safety, such as the recent one issued by Novartis and Sandoz over “several blister packaged prescription medications…due to the products failing to meet child-resistant closure requirements as per the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.”

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According to the recall notice, “approximately 470,000 units have been recalled that include drugs packaged with 3 to 10 tablets per blister card.” The recalled packets were designed for use in hospitals, though “some were sent to retail pharmacies and were likely dispensed for in-home use.” At the moment, the following Novartis products included in the recall are as follows:

  • Zofran ODT (ondansetron) 4mg and 8mg
  • Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) 24/26mg, 49/51mg, and 97/103mg

Additionally, the following Sandoz products are included in the recall:

  • Azithromycin Tablets 250mg
  • Donepezil ODT Tablets 5mg and 10mg
  • Haloperidol Tablets 0.5mg, 1mg, 2mg, 5mg, and 10mg
  • Imipramine HCl Tablets 25mg and 50mg
  • Isosorbide Dinitrate Tablets 10mg and 20mg
  • Naratriptan Tablets 2.5mg
  • Ondansetron Tablets 8mg
  • Ondansetron ODT 4mg and 8mg
  • Perphenazine Tablets 2mg, 4mg, 8mg
  • Risperidone ODT Tablets 1mg, 2mg, 3mg, and 4mg

Unfortunately, one report of a “child consuming haloperidol from one of the recalled blister packs” has been received. If you or someone you know has one of the recalled packets, take the necessary safety measures and keep them out of reach of children. More information about the recall can be found here. Consumers can also call 888-669-6682 or visit Novartis.com or Sandoz.com, according to the recall notice.

Sources:

Blister Packs for Several Meds Recalled Due to Risk of Harm to Children

Sandoz and Novartis Recall Prescription Drug Blister Packages Due to Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirements

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