FDA Recall: Human Medication Recall Affects Animals

by Mary Haight on March 10, 2011

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This is quite a little mix-up…

FDA Advises Veterinarians of Recent Recall of Human Drug, Phenobarbitol
Drug is Prescribed for Animals Extralabel

March 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has become aware of a human drug recall for Phenobarbital tablets. Phenobarbital is prescribed by veterinarians as an extralabel use for treating seizures in animals.

On February 5, 2011, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled several lots of Phenobarbital 32.4 mg and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets 10 mg/500 mg due to a label mix-up between the two drug products. Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets were incorrectly labeled as Phenobarbital tablets 32.4 mg. As a result of this mix-up, pets may unintentionally be given Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen tablets instead of the intended drug, Phenobarbital.

CVM has recently received 3 serious adverse event reports involving dogs treated with Phenobarbital tablets manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. One report cited two of the three affected lot numbers for the recalled product. The remaining two reports did not provide the lot numbers.

See FDA for more. 

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we keep them in good health etc only for them to get poisoned by a prescribed drug...my dog just died within 4 days of taking prescribed meds from the vet...not too good right now...


Hi Alicia, I am so sorry to hear your pet has died - I felt I killed my own dog too because of bad meds (heartworm)...just so heartbreaking. It feels like the ultimate betrayal. My heart goes out to you.


I guess we all will have to acquire chemistry labs to test new meds before we give prescribed medications to our dogs, in order to keep them safe.


Hi Merry, it does sometimes seem such a difficult thing to do, keeping our pets safe. All we can do is keep our eyes open, read, and hope we catch what might be going on at any given time...whew - that's why I try to balance things with reviews on products I believe are good for you and your dog, good news on animal welfare laws, advances in science and treatments, share funny animal videos, so no one runs away screaming after taking in the bad news! It's not always possible. Thanks for stopping by!

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