FDA Probes Tampering of 20 Bottles of Glaxo’s Drug, Alli

FDA Probes Tampering of 20 Bottles of Glaxo’s Drug, Alli

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agency is investigating the reason behind the tampering of 20 bottles of Alli, GlaxoSmithKline Plc's weight-loss drug sold in United States. The Company reported that five lots of the drug sold in stores in seven mostly Southern states were dissimilar in shapes and color compared with actual color of the drug which is turquoise.

The drug has been approved for use without a prescription for overweight adults along with a low-fat diet.

The Company said that there must be difference in lot numbers of the bottles and the cartons and the bottles might not be labeled well. Deborah Bolding, Glaxo spokeswoman, although no reports of illness have been reported, the company requested consumers to immediately contact their doctor if they had consumed the pills from tampered product.

Deborah added: "We are carrying out an investigation to determine any further action". Tara Goodin, FDA spokeswoman, said that the agency is trying their level best to find the cause of tampering.

Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina and Texas are the countries where the affected bottles of the drug were sold. Drug tampering has not been an issue of modern world, but is continuing from past many years. A similar incident of drug tampering took place in 1982 causing death of seven people on ingesting contaminated Tylenol.

The above tampering was the result of non usage of tamper-resistant packing, but in 2000 FDA ordered all medications to employ tamper-evident packaging.


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