Roche Products Pty Ltd — Valium (diazepam) 5mg tablets in 50 tablet blister packs
What are the defects?
Blister pack sheets containing other medicines may have been substituted into some packs of Valium 5mg tablets. These medicines may include (but may not be limited to) BTC Paracetamol Codeine, BTC Rosuvastatin 10mg tablets, Apotex-Pantoprazole 40mg or 20mg tablets and Stemetil 5mg tablets.
What are the hazards?
If a patient has an affected pack, there is a risk that they will not have an adequate supply of their medicine and could take the incorrect medicine, which could have serious health consequences.
What should consumers do?
If you or someone you provide care for takes Valium 5mg tablets supplied in 50 tablet blister packs, do not take them and please promptly return any unused medicine to a pharmacy for a refund and to arrange alternative medicine (you may need to bring a valid prescription/repeat). If possible, you are advised to return your Valium to the same pharmacy from which it was dispensed.
There are a number of generic diazepam products that are bioequivalent to Valium. They contain the same active ingredient and work in the same way and in most situations can be safely substituted for any returned Valium.
Please note that all tablets or capsules supplied in a pack should be identical and any product names on the blister pack should match those on the external packaging. If you notice any discrepancies with your medicine, talk to your pharmacist.
If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, talk to your health professional or phone Roche Medical Information on 1800 233 950.
Therapeutic Goods Administration is the responsible regulator for this recall.