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Manufacturer's medication mix-up could cause irreparable harm

One of the most prevalent chronic conditions patients here in Georgia and elsewhere suffer from is high blood pressure. The medication options for helping control this issue are numerous, and it could take a period of trial and error for a doctor and patient to find the right medication, or combination of medications, that works. This makes the possibility of a manufacturer's medication mix-up even more distressing since a patient could suffer irreparable harm through no fault of the doctor or the patient.

Patients could suffer harm if the word of a recent recall fails to get to them in time. Accord Healthcare Inc. recently issued a recall for one of the lots of its high blood pressure medication after it was discovered that the wrong medication ended up in a bottle. The medication in question is its 100-count bottle of 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

The bottles affected by the recall could contain spironolactone, which is also a blood pressure medication. However, the reason that many patients take hydrochlorothiazide instead of spironolactone is because of the potential risk of unsafely high levels of potassium that could result from taking the latter medication. Doctors often screen for this when attempting to put a patient on the right high blood pressure medication.

So far, Accord Healthcare Inc. has not received any reports regarding adverse health consequences, but that could change. As is the case with many drug recalls, there are potentially life-threatening consequences involved. If this type of manufacturer's medication mix-up causes a Georgia resident to suffer adverse health consequences, it may be possible to file a products liability claim against the company responsible.

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