CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Apotex Inc Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Hypertension Medication Apo-Ramipril 5 mg

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CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Apotex Inc Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Hypertension Medication Apo-Ramipril 5 mg

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2012) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today at 11:52 AM EDT. The Lot number should have read JR2178.

The issue:

Health Canada is informing Canadians that Apotex Incorporated is conducting a voluntary recall of one lot of Apo-Ramipril 5mg Capsules used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). The recall of Lot JR2178 was made to retail outlets across Canada.

Medication in the affected lot being recalled has been found to contain intact but empty capsules - meaning that patients taking them may not receive the dose of medication needed to treat their medical condition.

Without appropriate treatment, hypertension may lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, internal bleeding and improper blood circulation. Although Apo-Ramipril is authorized for treatment of hypertension, the ingredient in this medication may also be prescribed for patients who have recently had a heart attack, or who are at high risk of heart attack or stroke.

Who is affected:

Canadians who have purchased the affected lot of Apo-Ramipril 5mg Capsules. Affected products bear the drug identification number (DIN 02251574) and are from Lot JR2178.

What consumers should do:

- Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have used this product or are concerned about your health.

- For information concerning the recall or how to return the affected product, consumers should directly contact Apotex Inc. at the following number 1-800-667-4708 or on the web.

- Report any adverse reaction potentially related to this product to Health Canada.

- Submit complaints regarding the safety, efficacy or quality of health products, to Health Canada's Inspectorate, toll-free, at 1-800-267-9675.

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada is monitoring the voluntary recall of the product and informing Canadians of the risk.

Should Health Canada become aware that this product remains available for sale in Canada, the Department will take appropriate action.

Background:

The company became aware of the issue when a customer complained. It found the same problem in some sample products retained by the manufacturer. Apotex initiated the recall of Lot JR2178 to retail outlets. Since the capsules of Apo-Ramipril 5 mg are not transparent, it may be difficult to determine whether a capsule from the affected lot is empty.

For more information:

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report side effects to health products:

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:
Fax:  1-866-678-6789

E-mail:  CanadaVigilance@hc-sc.gc.ca

Internet:  www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect

Mail:  Canada Vigilance Program
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701C
K1A 0K9

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Contact Information

    Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    613-957-2983

    Public Inquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709