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FDA Alert: AvKARE, LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Atovaquone Oral Suspension, USP 750 mg/5 mL Due to Potential Bacillus Cereus Contamination

March 29, 2024

Audience: Consumer, Health Professional, Pharmacy

March 29, 2024 –AvKARE, LLC is voluntarily recalling lot # AW0221A of Atovaquone Oral Suspension, USP 750mg/5mL to the Consumer/User level, due to the potential Bacillus cereus contamination in the product found during stability testing at a 3rd party lab.

Risk Statement: In the population most at risk, immunocompromised population, there is a reasonable probability that microbial contamination of Atovaquone Oral Suspension can result in disseminated, life threatening infections such as endocarditis and necrotizing soft tissue infections. To date, AvKARE has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

Atovaquone Oral Suspension, USP is indicated for prevention and treatment of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) in adults and children 13 years of age and older who cannot tolerate other medicines, such as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Atovaquone Oral Suspension, USP was distributed between 03/18/2024 through 03/21/2024 Nationwide to Wholesalers.

The product is packaged in a carton. The identified NDC # associated with the product is 50268-086-12, UPC # 5026808612 and the affected lot# is AW0221A with an expiration date of 08/2025.

AvKARE, LLC is notifying its distributors and wholesale customers by mailings and email communications method and is arranging for returns of all recalled Atovaquone Oral Suspension, USP.

Wholesalers who have Atovaquone Oral Suspension, USP 750mg/5mL, which are being recalled, should examine their inventory and cease dispensing, return any of the impacted lots to AvKARE, LLC.

Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using the product and return it to place of purchase or discard. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact AvKARE by phone at 1-855-361-3993 or email, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm Eastern Time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Source: FDA

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