A pain reliever that has been recalled and declared dangerous by the Federal Drug Administration is still circulating around southern Kentucky. The drug marketed under the name Reumofan Plus is being distributed in Elkton and the broader Pennyrile Region, despite being recalled, and a local doctor's office says patients on the drug have had dangerous side effects, reports Nick Tabor of the Kentucky New Era.
Dr. Keith Toms of Generations Primary Care told Tabor three of his patients have taken the drug and had bad side effects. One patient had dangerous elevations of liver enzymes, and two diabetic patients had dangerous spikes in blood sugar.
The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of deaths, strokes, severe internal bleeding, dizziness, insomnia, high blood sugar and other problems associated with the drug since June. The manufacturer, operating under the names Reumofan Plus USA, LLC and Reumofan USA, LLC, announced a voluntary product recall last month, reports Tabor.
According to the FDA, undeclared ingredients in the drug, which is used as a treatment for muscle pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, bone cancer and other conditions, could result in serious illness. Tabor reports a FDA laboratory analysis of Reumofan Plus found that it contains diclofenac sodium, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant.
Tabor reports the FDA has issued an alert telling consumers to stop taking the drug immediately and consult a health-care professional. The agency also said it may follow up on the Reumofan recall with warning letters, seizure, injunction requests or criminal charges. (Read more)