Pfizer Issues Recall of Effexor Antidepressant Medication

The FDA issued a warning on March, 7, 2014 that pharmaceutical company Pfizer has issued a voluntary recall of Effexor. Effexor is a commonly-prescribed antidepressant drug used to treat anxiety and depression disorders.

The voluntary recall of Effexor was issued after a pharmacist found that a bottle of Effexor contained another type of drug called Tikosyn. Tikosyn is cardiac medication that affects the rhythm of a person’s heart. It is generally used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia). 

There is a concern that someone who is prescribed Effexor may mistakenly take Tikosyn and have life-threatening complications.  

The following medications have been recalled by Pfizer in response to this concern:

  • one lot of 30-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules;
  • one lot of 90-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules;
  • and one lot of 90-count Greenstone LLC-branded Venlafaxine HC1 150 mg extended-release capsules

The recall involves Pfizer lot numbers V130142 and V130140, which both expire in October 2015, and Greenstone lot number V130014, which expires in August 2015.

If you are taking Effexor or Greenstone LLC-branded Venlafaxine, check your medication and contact your doctor. More information is available on the website of the FDA.  

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