Ministry of Health and Prevention issues circular to withdraw Brilinta 90 mg drug with batch number JB504 by AstraZeneca

ABU DHABI — The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has issued a circular to all medical facilities and hospitals to withdraw Brilinta 90 mg batch number JB504 by AstraZeneca, with immediate effect because of wrong packaging. The medicine, which is used by patients who have experienced a heart attack or stroke, has been withdrawn because the packaging contains another drug called Zurampic, Lesinurad, 200mg tablet, also manufactured by AstraZeneca.

Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, and Chairman of the Supreme National Drug Registration, stated that the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has issued a warning that the manufacturer has voluntarily withdrawn this batch of the product.

He said that incorrect doses of Zurampic may lead to renal failure, while sudden discontinuation of Brilinta may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. He added that Brilinta has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of preventing blood clotting to reduce incidents of cardiovascular death and heart attacks in patients with acute coronary syndrome, ACS.

The Assistant Under-Secretary clarified that Zurampic is not registered in the Ministry’s Drug Department, however, to ensure the safety of patients, the ministry decided to issue the circular and take the necessary action.

Dr. Al Amiri went on to emphasise that the ministry is in regular contact with the FDA and the medicine authorities of Europe and Australia. He said that if any warning is issued regarding any drug, the ministry immediately takes action and issues a circular to all concerned health authorities to remove these products and destroy them, ensuring the health and safety of the community.

The public is requested to inform the Ministry of Health and Prevention in case of any side effects from a drug.

Source: Emirates News Agency