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FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
July 7, 1999

Merck & Company, Inc. Recalls Vivactil 5 mg Tablets

West Point, PA (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today reported that Merck & Company, Inc. is recalling Vivactil 5 mg Tablets because of subpotency (stability).

PRODUCT
Vivactil 5 mg Tablets (Protiptyline HCl), in bottles of 100, Rx indicated for the treatment of symptoms of mental depression, particularly for withdrawn and anergic patients. NDC #0006-0026-68.

Recall #D-279-9.

CODE
LOT NOS. A7302 EXP 7/99, B6484 EXP 7/99, B5808 EXP 1/00, B8983 EXP 1/00, B8983SA EXP 1/00, D5744 EXP 1/01,D5039 EXP 4/01, and E6209 EXP 10/01.

MANUFACTURER
Merck & Company, Inc., West Point, Pennsylvania.

RECALLED BY
Manufacturer, by letter on May 17, 1999. Firm-initiated recall ongoing.

DISTRIBUTION
Nationwide.

QUANTITY
Firm estimated that 1,000 units remained at wholesale level at time of recall initiation.

 

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.