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OTC Amoxilina and Other Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Packaging Mix-up With Antibiotic

Multi-Mex Distributor Inc. Announces Recall of Dietary Supplements

Multi-Mex Distributor, Inc. has recalled dietary supplements that may be labeled and packaged to look like antibiotics readily available over-the-counter (OTC) in Mexico and possibly familiar to Hispanic consumers.

These dietary supplements made news in Texas on Thursday, April 28, 2011, when four children were taken to a Medical Center due to worsening illnesses after being given dietary supplements the parents may have believed were antibiotics and which were packaged to resemble antibiotics. Although the labels were printed in English and Spanish, the packaging appears to be an intentional marketing ploy to mimic antibiotics and directed at Hispanic buyers. It was determined the children had been given a dietary supplement, Amoxilina, which the parents may have believed was the antibiotic Amoxicillin. In addition to its name, Amoxilina’s packaging is almost identical to the antibiotic Amoxicillin.

On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Multi-Mex Distribution is recalling its dietary supplement nation-wide. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores and distributors in the following states: Georgia, Tennessee, California, Illinois, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, and Indianapolis.

For a complete list of recalled products and more information, please visit:
http://www.mediguard.org/r/0n3Dcy8F7aKc

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This alert is a reminder that antibiotic medicines are only available in the United States by prescription and patients and caregivers should seek medical advice if they think they are sick enough for prescription antibiotics.

If you have have purchased over-the-counter supplements that claim to be antibiotics or are packaged to look like antibiotics, please check to see if they are involved in this recall. Please see the Press Release for listing of recalled products:http://www.mediguard.org/r/0n3Dcy8F7aKc

If you have purchased a recalled product, please return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If the product is not on the recall list, you are encouraged to report adverse events, side effects, or product quality problems related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program by telephone at 1-800-332-1088, by fax at 1-800-332-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website atwww.fda.gov/medwatch.

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