Unichem Hydrochlorothiazide Tablet Recall Issued Due To Risk of Plavix Tablets in Bottle

  • Written by: Russell Maas

Federal drug regulators announced a recall for one lot of hydrochlorothiazide, after a consumer reportedly found a Plavix blood thinner tablet in their prescription bottle for the blood pressure medication. 

The Unichem Pharmaceuticals Hydrochlorothiazide recall was announced by the FDA on July 31, after at least one bottle was found to contain a clopidogrel tablet, which is the generic name for Plavix.

Accidentally using the blood thinner Plavix instead of the blood pressure tablet hydrochlorothiazide may pose serious and life-threatening risks for consumers, potentially causing internal bleeding, allergic reactions or bleeding complications.

Hydrochlorothiazide tablets are used by individuals to manage high blood pressure to control excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body. The omission or misuse of the medication can lead to uncontrolled blood pressure or swelling caused by the excess fluid.

Plavix is a medication used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with heart disease, recent strokes and heart attacks, or blood circulation disease, and to help prevent irregular heart beat in those who have experienced recent heart attacks. The medication is commonly used with aspirin to keep blood vessels open and prevent blood clots. However, Plavix side effects include a serious risk of bleeding.

Patients with pre-existing or undiagnosed bleeding complications or allergic reactions to clopidogrel may be at risk of life threatening side effects. The FDA is urging consumers to contact their medical doctors immediately if they believe to have ingested a foreign tablet received inside of the recalled lot.

The recalled medication includes Unichem Pharmaceuticals 25 milligram Hydrochlorothiazide tablets prescribed in 1,000 count bottles to the consumer level. The recalled Hydrochlorothiazide tablets have Lot # GHYL15028 and are marked with an expiration date of April, 2018. The tablets were distributed nationwide directly to wholesalers, retailers, and pharmacies from May 21, 2015 through May 28, 2015.

Unichem’s internal investigation announced that this was an isolated event noted at one pharmacy and confined to the recalled lot. The manufacturer has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall to date.

Consumers are being asked to stop using the recalled lot of Hydrochlorothiazide tablets immediately and return them to the place of purchase as the company prepares to contact and notify its distributors and customers by overnight FedEx letters and email. Unichem is currently arranging a return for all products. Customers may contact Unichem Pharmaceuticals (USA), Inc. by e-mail or call customer service at: 1-866-931-0704, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST.

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  1. Ericka Reply

    i had no idea. I have been going back and forth to the doctor with extreme headaches and uncontrolled blood pressure problems for maybe close to 4 weeks. I was taking my medication everyday as prescribe, been on same Medications for 2 1/2 years. My doctor was puzzled to why the sudden change with my pressure. My pressure was so high that they labeled me hypertension. Finally my medication was changed and a additional medication was added and in about weeks time headaches started to diminish and blood pressure began to get back in line. After all of this I find out by way of mail that there had been a mix up in pills that I was taking. What do I do now?

  2. steve Reply

    The wrong medication was in a rx dispensed at Walgreens in lakewood ca.

    We received notice from insurance company. Pharmacy had no idea about the recall until I took my notice to them from insurance co.

  3. Carol Reply

    I been taking this medicine for several years along with 3 more different blood pressure medicines and my blood pressure is so uncontrollable the meds not working. Having excessive blood overflow from my cycle it causes numbness in my legs and feet when I take my meds severe cramps. Sometimes it’s difficult to walk.

  4. Alberta Reply

    I first started taking this med about four to five years ago. I begin to have blood spots under the skin in my hands, which started to dye and peel. Dr. found out and cut dosage in half,now blood spots in legs. off don’t take anymore.

  5. Mary Reply

    Yes, they put me on Hydraclorathiazide, 4 yrs later Ian diabetic. I did not have diabetes until I started taking this Med.. Pancreas pain, feet and legs severe pain swelling. FDA should have not let this on the market. I now have severe headaches.

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