Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Anagrelide Capsules, USP Due to Dissolution Test Failure
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling one lot of Anagrelide Capsules, USP to the consumer level due to dissolution test failure detected during routine quality testing.
Failed dissolution can result in a slower rate and extent of drug release leading to less anagrelide available in the body. For seriously ill patients with elevated platelet counts, less available anagrelide could increase the risk of clotting (blood coagulation) and clotting or bleeding events such as a heart attack or stroke which could be life-threatening. To date, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
Anagrelide is used to treat a blood cell disorder called thrombocythemia (also called thrombocytosis), which occurs when your body produces too many platelet cells.
As the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment, patients should contact their pharmacist or physician who can advise them about an alternative treatment prior to returning their medication.
The product subjected to the recall is listed below and packaged in bottles. The product can be identified by checking the product name, manufacturer details and batch or lot number on the bottle containing the product.
Anagrelide Capsules, USP were distributed nationwide to Torrent’s wholesale distributor and retail customers. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is notifying its distributors and customers by phone and in writing to immediately discontinue distribution of the specific lots being recalled and to notify their sub-accounts. Torrent is arranging for return of all recalled products to Qualanex. Instructions for returning recalled products are given in the recall letter.
Consumers with medical questions regarding this recall or to report an adverse event can contact Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited at:
- 1-800-912-9561 (live calls received 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time (Monday-Friday), voicemail available 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time (Monday-Friday).
Consumers should also contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.
Any general questions regarding the return of this product should be directed to Qualanex at 1-888-424-4340 (live calls received 8 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday).
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
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.