Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd — Valpam 5 (diazepam) 5mg tablets in 50 tablet blister packs

PRA number

2017/16139

Published date

Product description

Valpam 5mg tablets are used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasms.

AUST R 80811

All batches

What are the defects?

Blister pack sheets containing other medicines may have been substituted into some packs of Valpam 5mg tablets. These medicines may include (but may not be limited to) Amlodipine Sandoz 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 Valpam 5 (diazepam) 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. If possible, you are advised to return your Valpam 5 to the same pharmacy from which it was dispensed.

There are a number of generic diazepam products that are bioequivalent to Valpam 5. They contain the same active ingredient and work in the same way and in most situations can be safely substituted for any returned Valpam 5. If you have a valid prescription (this includes repeat prescriptions), the pharmacist will be able to provide you with an equivalent alternative.

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.

Supplier

Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Where the product was sold

Nationally

Responsible regulator

Therapeutic Goods Administration is the responsible regulator for this recall.

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