The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling a dietary supplement by the name of Pentrexyl Forte Natural, distributed by Phoenix Import & Distribution, because the packaging is believed to be misleading and may be confused with an antibiotic. The product does not contain antibiotics, and use of it by people who are ill could delay treatment for serious illnesses. The recall comes just weeks after the FDA recalled Amoxilina, a dietary supplement made by Multi-Mex and San Martin that is similar in name and with packaging that mimics the widely used antibiotic amoxicillin.
Amoxilina was recalled after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a temporary restraining order against the companies for unlawfully marketing and dispensing the dietary supplement. The product is believed to deceive Hispanic families into believing they are actually purchasing an antibiotic, which in Mexico can be purchased over the counter.
Abbott filed for the restraining order after four children were taken to a medical center due to worsening of their illnesses. Each had been given the dietary supplements and it was believed that the parents thought they were treating their children with an antibiotics.
Pentrexyl Forte Natural is packaged in a green and white box containing 30 red and white capsules. The product was sold at retail stores throughout Texas. Consumers who have purchased the product can return it to the place where they bought it.
Any side effects with this or any other product should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/Medwatch.