MHRA Recalls 16 Prescription Drugs Made In India For Wockhardt

The UK's medicines watchdog is recalling 16 prescription medicines made at an Indian factory which failed a routine inspection.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency wants pharmacies to return stock of the drugs made by Wockhardt at its Waluj site.

The recalled drugs include some for blood clots, diabetes, schizophrenia and thyroid conditions.

But the MHRA stresses there is no evidence of a risk to patient safety.

“People can be reassured that there is no evidence that medicines made by Wockhardt are defective so it's important people continue to take their medicines as prescribed ” said Gerald Heddell of the MHRA

Some of the drugs include Metformin, taken by people with Type 2 diabetes; Atenolol, used to treat high blood pressure and angina; Pramipexole for Parkinson's disease; Risperidone for schizophrenia and Clopidogrel for blood clots.

Erythromycin, an antibiotic given to children which is made at the Waluj site but imported by a separate company, Pinewood Laboratories Ltd, is another of the 16 drugs being recalled.

The MHRA says people do not need to return their medicines and that it is important patients continue to take them as prescribed.

It says there are other versions of most of the recalled drugs made by a range of pharmaceutical companies.

And it said where other versions of the same medicines were not available, there were substitutes which doctors could prescribe,

A statement from the MHRA said it was not recalling the medicines people had at home because, although they had not been manufactured to Good Manufacturing Practice standards, there was no evidence of a patient safety risk from medicines that have been sold in the UK.

However, it said it had to act in the public interest - and poor manufacturing standards could not be allowed to continue.

Import tests

An inspection at the Waluj factory in March found some risk of cross-contamination because of poor cleaning practices, and defects in building fabric and the ventilation systems at the site.

There was also evidence of forged documents relating to staff training records that had been re-written.

The MHRA says it is working with Wockhardt and other international regulators to resolve the issue.

The full range of conditions treated by the 16 medications include infections, high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, dementia in Alzheimer's patients and thyroid conditions.

Gerald Heddell, the MHRA's director of inspection, enforcement and standards, said: "This is a precautionary recall.

"People can be reassured that there is no evidence that medicines made by Wockhardt are defective so it's important people continue to take their medicines as prescribed.

"All batches of medicines manufactured outside the European Union are tested on importation to the UK before they reach patients.

"However, we have taken this precautionary action because the medicines have not been manufactured to the right regulatory standards.

"We are working with the Department of Health to ensure that people have access to the medicines they need.

"Anyone who has questions should speak to their pharmacist or GP."

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  • Sorry! the link is not working...another gremlin still needing to be sorted out! :-(

    Please copy and paste this into your browser for the list of the drugs.

  • It seems there are still lots of gremlins to be sorted since the upgrade. I was locked out and I am still not getting any mail alerts. I also notice I seem to have lost all records of previous comments to questions/blogs. Ho Hum.

    Re the recall

    D R U G A L E R T


    Action Within 48 Hours

    Pharmacy, Clinic and Wholesaler Level Recall

    Date: 11 July 2013 EL (13)A/19 Our Ref: MDR 46-04/13


    Dear Healthcare Professional,

    Wockhardt UK Limited

    Aciclovir 200mg Tablets PL 29831/0002

    Aciclovir 400mg Tablets PL 29831/0001

    Aciclovir 800mg Tablets PL 29831/0003

    Atenolol 25mg Tablets PL 29831/0020

    Atenolol 50mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0018

    Atenolol 100mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0019

    Clopidogrel 75mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0415

    Donepezil Hydrochloride 10mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0441

    Donepezil Hydrochloride 5mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0440

    Entacapone 200mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0471

    Levetiracetam 250mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0360

    Levetiracetam 500mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0361

    Levetiracetam 750mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0362

    Levetiracetam 1000mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0363

    Losartan 25mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0378

    Losartan 50mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0379

    Losartan 100mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0380

    Metformin 500mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0133

    Metformin 850mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0134

    Pantoprazole 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets PL 29831/0372

    Pantoprazole 40mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets PL 29831/0373


    All unexpired stock of the above products is being recalled to pharmacy, clinic and wholesaler level, irrespective of pack configuration, batch number and expiry date.

    This is a precautionary recall following a routine inspection of the manufacturing site in India. The inspection identified deficiencies in good manufacturing practice (GMP) and the GMP certificate for this site has been withdrawn.


    I am reading that to mean any drugs on that list manufactured by Wockhart??? Not just particular batch numbers.

    Is that your understanding?

  • Yes, I think so! As I can't see any specific batch numbers, it seems to me it's a precaution with regard to the manufacturing of drugs from this location for the reasons stated above. It seems to be more of a safety issue.

  • Pramipexole 88mcg Tablets PL 29831/0472

    Pramipexole 180mcg Tablets PL 29831/0473

    Pramipexole 350mcg Tablets PL 29831/0474

    Pramipexole 700mcg Tablets PL 29831/0475

    Propylthiouracil 50mg Tablets PL 29831/0179

    Risperidone 0.5mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0343

    Risperidone 1mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0344

    Risperidone 2mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0345

    Risperidone 3mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0346

    Risperidone 4mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0347

    Risperidone 6mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0348

    Ropinirole 1mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0414

    Sertraline 50mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0184

    Sertraline 100mg Film Coated Tablets PL 29831/0183

    Ursodeoxycholic Acid 300mg Film-Coated Tablets PL 29831/0198

    Some extra drugs I missed

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