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HHP Medication Safety Watch

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Welcome to HHP Medication Safety Watch. Our goal is to provide you with important updates on medicines and health products that have been recalled, withdrawn, or flagged by the FDA list of recalls, withdrawals, and alerts. This information can help you stay informed about potential risks associated with prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and health products that you may be using to manage your health.

We understand that your health is important to you, and we want to help you make informed decisions. Our monthly selection covers a variety of commonly used medications and health products. By keeping up-to-date with potential safety concerns, you can take steps to protect your health and well-being.

February 2023

  • Eye drops (contamination)
  • Eye ointment (contamination)
  • Male enhancement supplement (contamination)
  • Hand sanitizer (contamination)
  • Thyroid medication (potency)

January 2023

  • Sunscreen spray (contamination)

December 2022

  • Burn cream (contamination)
  • Blood pressure/heart failure medication (contamination)

November 2022

  • Hand sanitizer (contamination)

October 2022

  • Blood pressure medication (impurity)
  • Blood pressure and blood thinner medications (labeling error)

September 2022

  • Oral health products (storage violations)
  • Hand sanitizer (contamination)
  • Male enhancement supplements (contamination)
  • Blood pressure and blood thinner medications (labeling error)

August 2022

  • Male enhancement supplements (contamination)
  • Stomach remedies (contamination)
  • Laxatives (possible contamination)

July 2022

  • Hundreds of over-the-counter products (storage violations)
  • Sunscreen spray (contamination)
  • Laxatives (possible contamination)
  • Male enhancement supplements (contamination)
  • Insulin injector pens (missing labels)

June 2022

  • Male enhancement supplement (contamination)
  • Laxative (contamination)
  • Nasal spray (contamination)
  • Stomach remedies (contamination)
  • Arthritis remedy (contamination)
  • Children's allergy treatment (contamination)
  • Opiate medication (incorrect labeling)

May 2022

  • Anagrelide (defective capsules)
  • Flavor enhancer (contamination)

April 2022

  • Hand sanitizers (contamination)
  • Male enhancement supplement (contamination)
  • Insulin (missing label)
  • Blood pressure medication (contamination)

March 2022

  • Hand sanitizer (contamination)
  • Multiple products (contamination)
  • Personal hygiene products (contamination)
  • Blood pressure medication (contamination)
  • Injectable compounded medicines
  • Epinephrine (syringe malfunction)
  • Muscle relaxant (contamination)

February 2022

  • Male enhancement supplements (contamination)
  • Multiple products (warehouse contamination)
  • Personal hygiene products (contamination)

January 2022

  • Natural laxative (contamination)
  • Male enhancement supplement (contamination)
  • Wound care gel (contamination)
  • Insulin injector pen (labeling)

December 2021

  • Cold/flu remedy
  • Steroid ointment
  • Metformin, extended-release
  • Heart medication
  • Multiple medications prepared by a specific compounding pharmacy
  • Blood thinner

November 2021

  • Hand sanitizer (packaging)
  • Foot care products (contamination)
  • Personal hygiene products (contamination)

October 2021

  • Hand sanitizer (contamination)
  • Antifungal sprays (possible contamination)
  • Pain reliever (incorrect dose)
  • Blood pressure medication (possible contamination)

September 2021

  • Amifampridine (contamination)
  • Chantix (contamination)

August 2021

  • Weight-loss supplement (contamination)
  • Atovaquone (temperature control)
  • Chantix (contamination)

July 2021

  • Hand sanitizer (packaging)
  • Sunscreens (contamination)
  • Chantix (contamination)

June 2021

  • Hand sanitizer packaging
  • Metformin, extended-release

May 2021

  • Hand sanitizer (bacterial contamination)
  • Hand sanitizer (contamination with other substances)
  • Male enhancement supplements
  • Dietary supplements

April 2021

  • Hand sanitizer (bacterial contamination)
  • Hand sanitizer (contamination with other substances)
  • Male enhancement supplements
  • Acetaminophen
  • Guanfacine
  • Thyroid medication

March 2021

  • Hand sanitizer (packaging)
  • Hand sanitizer (contamination)
  • Male enhancement supplements
  • Spironolactone
  • Telmisartan

February 2021

  • Dietary supplements
  • Blood thinner
  • Pulse oximeters

January 2021

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Oral rinse
  • Hand sanitizers (countrywide alert)
  • Metformin, extended-release

December 2020

  • Skin treatments for breastfeeding and infants
  • Topical anesthetic
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Oral rinse
  • Medication mix-up
  • Blood thinner

November 2020

  • Nutritional supplement
  • "Immune booster"
  • Oral rinse
  • Metformin, extended-release

October 2020

  • Skin salves or creams
  • Hand sanitizer packaging
  • Oral rinse
  • Metformin, extended-release
  • NSAIDs during pregnancy

September 2020

  • Male enhancement pills
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Thyroid medicines
  • Metformin, extended-release
  • Labels on benzodiazepines

August 2020

  • Hand sanitizers
  • Goldenseal root powder
  • Nasal spray medications
  • Metformin, extended-release

July 2020

  • Hand sanitizers
  • CBD oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Metformin, extended-release
William H. McDaniel, MD

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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