Maryland Patients Warned About Local Prescription Drug Threats

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To protect the public, inspectors from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Division of Drug Control impounded expired drugs from two Medicine Shoppe locations, one at 8035A Liberty Road and the other at 5900 Reisterstown Road. The expired drugs were seized July 14 and August 6, respectively.

DHMH urges patients who received prescriptions from either of these pharmacies to immediately consult with their physician if their prescriptions included the following drugs. Continued use of any of these potentially expired or counterfeit drugs could pose a serious health risk.

* Lisinopril (20mg), an oblong, pink tablet imprinted with 1114 on one side and 93 on the other, used for hypertension and heart disease

* Metoprolol (50mg), a round, white, scored tablet imprinted 99 and 414 used for hypertension and heart disease;

* Nifedipine (30mg), a round, mauve tablet imprinted in black with KU and 260, used for hypertension and heart disease;

* Furosemide (20mg), a round, white tablet imprinted with 54840, used for hypertension and as a diuretic;

* Diclofenac (30mg), a round, white tablet imprinted in black 54 592, used for arthritis pain;

* Guaifenesin/Dextromethorphan (600mg /1000mg), an oblong, white, scored tablet imprinted with NL 714, used for cough, cold and congestion;

* Gabapentin a 100mg white capsule imprinted in black 4381, and a 300mg yellow and white capsule imprinted in black with 4382, and a 400 mg orange and white capsule imprinted in black with 4383 used for postherpatic neuralgia, seizures, and anxiety;

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* Metformin ER (500mg), an oblong, white tablet imprinted with E4416, used for diabetes;

* Glucophage Extended Release (500mg), an oblong, white tablet imprinted GG 969, used for diabetes;

* Glucovance (1.25mg /500mg), a round, yellow tablet imprinted COR 140 used for diabetes;

* Glipizide/Metformin (2.5mg/250mg), an oblong, peach colored tablet imprinted with 93 on one side and 7455 on the other, used for diabetes;

* Tamoxifen (10mg), a round, white tablet imprinted with 54780, used for prevention and treatment of breast cancer;

* Calcitrol (0.25mcg), an oval, yellow capsule imprinted with 547, used for treating low calcium levels to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis;

* Amoxicillin Oral Suspension (250mg/5ml), used to treat infection primarily in children;

* Amoxicillin Oral Suspension (125mg/5ml), used to treat infection primarily in children; or

* Amoxicillin Clavulanate Oral Suspension (200mg/5ml), used to treat infection primarily in children.

Again, anyone who holds these prescriptions should contact their physician to discuss the need to stop taking these medications and obtain new prescriptions. Anyone possessing any of the listed drugs from these two pharmacies should dispose of them by returning them to the dispensing pharmacy or mix them with wet coffee grounds or some other wet waste material and place them in the garbage can.

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