On April 15th, the FDA announced a recall of lansoprazole delayed-release orally disintegrating tablets. These are generic Prevacid (Proton Pump Inhibitor). The problem is that the tablets are not fully disintegrating in water and are blocking feeding tubes and syringes. The recall is specifically of the ones manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals (can also be labeled Sharp Corporation, Cardinal Health, and Quality Packaging Specialist, Inc.).
It's important to note that the recall only applies to this manufacturer and this form of the medication. The FDA states further that there have been no reports of issues when it is taken by mouth. The medication is not considered unsafe but can cause issues due to blocking of tubes.
I know many babies take the orally disintegrating tablets. Parents mix them with water and then use a syringe to give the baby the correct amount. If you notice that you are having issues with it not dissolving properly you should take the medication back to the pharmacist. Alternately, you can also look on the FDA announcement for the NDC numbers to see if your medication is involved.
If you use the medication through a feeding tube then you will definitely want to make sure that your medication is not involved. If on the other hand, you take the medication by mixing it with water and drinking it then according to the announcement you should not have any concerns. You can always talk with your pharmacist though if you are concerned about any medication you are taking.
Published On: April 20, 2011