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Migraine Meds Recalled for Bacteria Risk

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Aug. 16, 2019 -- Pfizer Inc. has recalled two lots of migraine medication because they may be contaminated with bacteria.

Pfizer issued the recall for Relpax (eletriptan hydrobromide) in 40-milligram tablets. The specific lots are AR5407 and CD4565.

The bacteria, from the genus pseudomonas and the genus burkholderia, can enter the bloodstream and cause serious, life-threatening infections. There is also a risk of temporary digestive illness without a serious infection. Risks are generally low for most people, while those with compromised immune systems, cystic fibrosis, and other disorders are at higher risk of life-threatening infections.

Pfizer says there have been no reports of injury.

Patients with the affected lots should return the medication to their pharmacy or contact Stericycle Inc. at 877-225-9750 for instructions on how to return it and be reimbursed.

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on August 16, 2019

Sources

FDA.gov: “Pfizer Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall for 2 Lots of RELPAX (eletriptan hydrobromide) 40 mg Tablets Due to Potential Microbiological Contamination of Non-Sterile Products.”

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