Antimicrobial dietary supplements under recall

May 31, 2011

FDA is warning consumers and healthcare professionals about antimicrobial drugs that are being marketed as dietary supplements.

FDA is warning consumers and healthcare professionals about antimicrobial drugs that are being marketed as dietary supplements.

Several companies, among them Multi-Mex Distributor Inc., are marketing antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals, primarily to the Hispanic community. The products include Amoxilina Capsules, Amoxilina Suspension, Pentreximil Plus 500 mg, Pentremximil Plus Syrup, and Pentrexyl Forte Natural. They are being distributed in Colorado, Delaware, Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, and potentially other states.

“The FDA is aware of at least 4 cases in Texas where children received emergency care due to worsening illnesses, after being given products that the parents may have believed contained antimicrobials. These products were packaged to resemble antimicrobial drugs that are readily available in Mexico,” according to a statement from FDA.

The supplements are sold by various retailers, including independent stores that cater to Hispanic customers. The package labels are printed in both English and Spanish.

In early May, Multi-Mex Distributor recalled several supplements being marketed as antibiotics, including Amoxilina, Bisolvon Jarabe Adulto, M. Vermex, and Synalar Gotas Nariz.