Roche is recalling all batches of Valium 5mg tablets in blister packs of 50 tablets due to medicine tampering
In consultation with the TGA, Roche announced that it is recalling the tablets after evidence was found that blister pack sheets containing other medicines had been substituted into some packs of Valium 5mg tablets.
These medicines may include BTC Paracetamol Codeine tablets, BTC Rosuvastatin 10mg tablets and Apotex-Pantoprazole 40mg tablets, and potentially others.
“If a patient has an affected pack, there is a risk that they will not have adequate supply of their medicine and could take the incorrect medicine, which could have serious health consequences,” says the TGA.
“The issue is currently being investigated in conjunction with the relevant authorities. However, it is believed that the tampering is not widespread.”
Consumers have been advised not to take Valium 5mg tablets supplied in 50-tablet blister packs, and instead return them to a pharmacy for a refund and to arrange alternative medicine.
They have been advised that they may need to bring a valid script/repeat.
Roche has written to pharmacists providing more information about the issue including details of the recall process.
“Please inspect your stock and quarantine all batches of Valium 5 g tablets supplied in blister packs of 50 tablets before returning them to your wholesaler,” says the TGA.
“Patients returning unused or partially used packs of Valium 5mg tablets in 50 tablet blister packs should be provided a full refund and, if possible, offered an equivalent generic product to ensure continuation of therapy and avoid any risks of discontinuation symptoms.
“If Valium was dispensed under instructions by the prescriber to not substitute, you may need to contact the prescriber to discuss this issue.”
Roche Products can be contacted for more information on 1800 233 950.
Further, Apotex is recalling one batch of BTC Paracetamol Codeine tablets (batch number 40970, expiry date 05/2018) as it has been identified that this medicine may have been dispensed with missing blister sheets.
Apotex is also recalling one batch of BTC Rosuvastatin 10mg tablets (batch number F4250, expiry date 08/2019) and one batch of Apotex-Pantoprazole 40mg tablets (batch number F4442, expiry date 10/2018) for the same reason.