GlaxoSmithKline is recalling more than 590,000 Ventolin (albuterol) HFA 200D inhalers. Three lots of Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers have been voluntarily recalled due to a potential issues with the delivery system, a spokesman for the British pharmaceutical company said.
The affected lot numbers are 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944 and 6ZP9848. The devices have been recalled from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers in the United States.
“There is possible risk that the affected inhalers could potentially not deliver the stated number of actuations,” spokesman Juan Carlos Molina wrote in an email. “We continue to investigate the issue in order to identify the root cause and implement appropriate corrective and preventative actions.”
It’s not a patient-level recall, but patients whose inhalers are among the affected lots can contact GSK’s customer service center at 1-888-825-5249 with questions. If the devices are not relieving symptoms, patients should seek medical treatment right away.
When functioning properly, the metered-dose inhaler releases a fixed dose of medication in aerosol form.
Metered-dose albuterol inhalers are used to deliver medication into the body through the airway and lungs. Albuterol opens airways in the lungs to treat common conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Salbutamol, also known as albuterol and marketed as Ventolin among other names, is a medication that opens up the medium and large airways in the lungs.
It is used to treat asthma, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It may also be used to treat high blood potassium levels. It is usually used by inhaler or nebulizer but is also available as a pill and intravenous solution. Onset of action of the inhaled version is typically within 15 minutes and lasts for two to six hours.
was first made in 1967 in UK. It was approved for medical use in the United States in 1982. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.
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