Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:26

Recall Of Valium (Diazepam) 5mg Tablets In 50 Tablet Blister Packs Over Evidence Of Medicine Tampering

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been informed that the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in consultation with Roche Products, recalled all batches of Valium 5mg tablets supplied in blister packs of 50 tablets due to the discovery of evidence of medicine tampering.

The blister pack sheets were found to contain other medicines which have been substituted into some packs of Valium 5 mg tablets. These medicines included but not limited to BTC Paracetamol Codeine tablets, BTC Rosuvastatin 10 mg tablets and Apotex-Pantoprazole 40 mg tablets.

Valium 5mg tablets contain diazepam and is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasms.

The substitute drugs:

BTC Paracetamol Codeine tablet is used for short-term treatment of acute strong pain.

Rosuvastatin 10mg tablet is used to lower cholesterol levels.

Apotex-Pantoprazole 40mg tablet is used to treat and help heal duodenal and gastric ulcers.

Possible associated risks

If a patient has an affected pack, there is a risk that they will not have adequate supply of their medicine, could take the incorrect medicine or overdose. All these could have serious health consequences.

Healthcare providers’ action

  • Healthcare providers with the affected lots of medicine should stop its distribution and use and return it to the nearest NAFDAC office for appropriate regulatory action.
  • Healthcare providers and patients should report adverse reactions associated with the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR 920543 TOLL FREE from all networks) or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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