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FDA Recalls Intestinomicina for Dangerous Drug

FDA Recalls Intestinomicina for Dangerous Drug

September 19, 2012 — Intestinomicina, a product used to treat infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections, is being withdrawn from the market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency is concerned because the product contains chloramphenicol, a medication that was linked to life-threatening bone marrow toxicity and recalled in the U.S. in July 2012. Intestinomicina contains other drugs, including Neomycin and Sulfonamides, which can cause hives, rashes, and other side effects.

Intestinomicina is manufactured in Central America, by Laboratorios Lopez, which is based in El Salvador. The product is sold in international stores that sell products and foods from Central or South America. Intestinomicina is labeled mostly in Spanish, and is marketed as a treatment for diarrhea.

The FDA recommends that anyone who owns Intestinomicina should not use it. Furthermore, if the product has been used in the past, customers should contact a physician and report any adverse events.

The FDA is also warning that certain people may be especially vulnerable to the side effects of Intestinomicina — including people with anemia, low white and/or red blood cell counts, or low platelets may be more likely to suffer severe injury.

The most serious side effect linked to Intestinomicina is bone marrow toxicity (also known as “bone marrow suppression”). The bone marrow is responsible for producing red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and other substances. When the function is suppressed, a person may have a higher risk of life-threatening infections, anemia, severe bleeding, and more. Certain types of bone marrow toxicity are curable, but the condition can be deadly.

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