Warfarin is the most popular anticoagulant medication used today in treating patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The pills are sold in both brand name and generic versions. Now Zydus Pharmaceuticals, the maker of a generic version of Warfarin, has issued a recall of the pills due to their size, which could increase patients’ likelihood of bleeding.
The announcement of the generic Warfarin recall was issued by the FDA on June 10, after Zydus received complaints of the pills from a specific lot which were found to be too large. The reason that this is so dangerous is because the oversized pills could cause users to bleed more. Bleeding is a common side effect linked to Warfarin and other anticoagulants. The bigger pills have caused the manufacturers to urge patients to look at their pills to ensure that they are all the same size.
The pills affected by the recall include Warfarin 2 mg tablets with the lot number of MM5767 and an expiration date of June 2014. They have an NDC number of #6838205310 and were distributed in the United States from November 2012 to December 2012.
Warfarin is used for prevention of thromboembolic episodes like pulmonary embolisms and the prevention of strokes in AF patients. For years, the pills have dominated the market, but the onset of newer drugs have drastically cut into Warfarin sales. One reason for this is because newer drugs are working to be less dangerous than older drugs like Warfarin, which is known to increase excessive and uncontrollable bleeding. However, the newer drugs are facing their share of bleeding risks, as well. For now, Warfarin continues to be the most commonly used drug, but newer drugs like Dabigatran and Rivaroxaban are continuing to gain ground.
All of the drugs have been proven safer than another older anticoagulant, Multaq. Multaq is made by Sanofi-Aventis and has been linked to serious side effects including a worsening of the heart condition, liver failure and lung toxicity. It is for this reason that the FDA has recommended that doctors only prescribe Multaq if all other medications fail to work.
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