The distributor of anti-depressant Allegron* has made it its top priority to provide a continuous supply of the medicine following the inclusion of a single batch in the Pan Pharmaceuticals recall.
Only 178 packets of Allegron 25mg tablets with the batch number 82440 distributed in NSW and Queensland since mid-April are affected by the recall. All other batches are completely safe.
Aspen Pharmacare Managing Director, Mr Greg Lan, said there is a slight chance some of the affected packets have been given to patients and that anyone taking Allegron should check the batch number printed on their medication.
“If they have one of the affected packets they should take it back to their pharmacist who will swap it for tablets from an unaffected batch,” he said.
Mr Lan stressed there is an adequate supply of Allegron tablets to meet patient needs for up to two months.
“We are working with an alternative TGA-approved manufacturer to produce new supplies,” he said.
Any patients concerned about their medication should see their doctor or psychiatrist.
*Allegron is a tricyclic anti-depressant. For many patients it is the most appropriate medication for stabilising their condition. Some 65,000 scripts were written for Allegron last year.