FDA warns veterinarians, pet owners about unsafe pharmaceutical products

By Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division

The Food and Drug Administration is urging veterinarians and pet owners not to use products made and distributed nationwide and to Canada by the Prescription Center pharmacy located in Fayetteville, N.C.

Following an inspection in March, the state inspectors “observed significant deficiencies that raise concerns about the company’s ability to assure the sterility, stability and potency of the sterile and non-sterile human and veterinary drug products that it produced.” On April 1, the NC Board of Pharmacy officially ordered a recall (PDF) of all products (sterile and non-sterile) compounded or repackaged by the pharmacy between Sept. 10, 2014, and on March 10, closed the pharmacy.

Although the AVMA is not aware of any adverse events associated with these products, veterinarians or pet owners are encouraged to report adverse reactions or quality problems with the use of these products to the FDA or the NC Board of Pharmacy.

For more information on the safe disposal of these products, see the FDA’s website. Learn more about the use of compounding for veterinary medicine on AVMA’s website.


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