Reliable Drug Pharmacy may not be so reliable. The company is issuing a voluntary recall of all unexpired lots of compounded products due to a lack of quality assurance and the potential for mislabeling. Most affected products were distributed to patients and veterinarians in California, with a few shipped to Hawaii, New Mexico and Michigan.
All affected products have a label that includes the Reliable Drug name or Reliable Compounding Pharmacy, and the expiration date. The products were distributed between March 24, 2015 and March 24, 2016. If unsure, customers can call the pharmacy to determine the expiration date.
Customers with affected products should stop using them immediately and contact their physician or health care provider if they experience any problems that may be related to taking or using these products.
Any adverse events related to products affected by this recall should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
The recall was initiated after a series of onsite inspections by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency has gained more oversight into compounding pharmacies that manufacture compounded products in mass following the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 linked to New England Compounding Center (NEC) that sickened at least 753 people and killed at least 64. Snce then, NECC has since been shuttered, the company filed bankruptcy, and its owners face criminal charges as a result of the outbreak.