Peanut contamination risk prompts Promacta recall


Novartis has recalled three lots of 12.5-mg eltrombopag (Promacta) for oral suspension following discovery of possible contamination with peanut flour at a third-party manufacturing site.

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Tablets at doses of 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, and 75 mg are unaffected by this recall because they are not manufactured in the same facility. The recalled lots of medication were distributed between January and April 2019, but so far, Novartis has not received any reports of adverse events related to the recall.

Oral suspension of eltrombopag is indicated for certain patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia, hepatitis C–associated thrombocytopenia, and severe aplastic anemia.

More information on the recalled lots and instructions on how to return the product can be found in the full announcement, which is also available through the Food and Drug Administration website.

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