The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling dietary supplements manufactured by Multi-Mex Distributor and packaged to look like antibiotics that are readily available in Mexico and are possibly familiar to Hispanic consumers. The recall follows a temporary restraining order filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot against Multi-Mex and San Martin Distributing Inc. for unlawfully marketing and dispensing a dietary supplement.
Multi-Mex and San Martin market Amoxilina, a dietary supplement similar in name and with packaging that mimics the widely used antibiotic amoxicillin. Abbot’s court documents allege that the companies marketed Amoxilina to Hispanic families in an attempt to deceive them into believing they were actually purchasing the antibiotic Amoxicillin, which in Mexico can be purchased over the counter. So far, the FDA recall only involves the product marketed and sold by Multi-Mex.
Warnings of these look-a-like dietary supplements made headlines in Texas last month after four children were taken to a medical center due to worsening illnesses after being given the dietary supplements the parents may have believed to be antibiotics. The dietary supplements delayed legitimate medical treatment. The FDA said that although the labels were printed in English and Spanish, the packaging appears to be an intentional marketing ploy to mimic antibiotics.
The recalled dietary supplements were distributed in the following areas: Georgia, Tennessee, California, Illinois, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, and in Indianapolis.
Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged to return the dietary supplements to the place where they were purchased for a full refund. Retail stores and distributors are to return the products to Multi-Mex.
A full list of these recalled dietary supplements is available here.