French prosecutors have opened an investigation into drug packaging mistakes at a Teva Pharmaceutical plant in France that may have killed six people. Teva has suspended shipments from the plant.
The case involves packages containing the wrong medicine. Packages purporting to contain Teva’s heart failure medication Furosemide may have actually contained Teva’s sleeping pill Zopiclone. France’s National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products ordered a recall of the packaging after the mislabeling was linked to possible patient deaths and the hospitalization of others.
Teva is cooperating in the investigation, which is apparently focused on finding an employee or other person who switched the packaging on the production line. Teva France has recalled all batches of furosemide Teva 40 mg tablets, a medicine used in the treatment of heart disease, following a pharmacist’s report indicating that a blister pack from one of these batches included a tablet that was not furosemide 40mg but zopiclone 7.5mg, a medicine used for the treatment of insomnia.
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