A Symbion employee has been dismissed following the Valium tampering allegations
Valium 5mg supplied in blister packs of 50 tablets was recalled by Roche and the TGA after it was discovered that other medicines had been substituted into some of the packs of Valium.
These included BTC paracetamol codeine tablets, BTC rosuvastatin 10mg tablets and Apotex-Pantoprazole 40mg and 20mg tablets.
The matter was referred to NSW Police, who launched an investigation.
According to Fairfax Media, police confirmed that they were looking into thefts at business premises in Rydalmere, NSW, from which Valium had been allegedly diverted “over a period of time”.
Today (Wednesday) Symbion said in a statement that, “Following an internal investigation into allegations of tampering leading to the voluntary recall of some medicines being undertaken by Roche, Symbion Contract Logistics has today dismissed an employee from its Sydney-based distribution facility.”
Symbion has also referred the matter to the police.
“While we are confident this was an isolated incident affecting only a small number of blister packs, patient safety is our absolute priority and we are working together with our partners to ensure the ongoing integrity of the supply chain,” the company said.
“We have comprehensive recall processes in place and there are no product safety, quality or efficacy concerns with the individual Valium tablets themselves.”