Maalox Total Relief Confusion Leads to Name Change Request
Swiss-based Novartis, the maker of Maalox, has agreed to change the name of its most potent medication, after federal health regulators said consumers have been mistaking it for a milder stomach reliever.
The FDA also is warning consumers that Maalox Total Relief and Maalox are not interchangeable and could lead to serious personal injuries when interchanged. In fact, according to the consumer warning issued by the FDA, Maalox Total Relief contains potent drug ingredients that can cause internal bleeding. The anti-diarrhea medication is often confused with traditional Maalox, which uses a gentler anti-acid formula.
Both products over-the-counter liquid medications.
Novartis will also conduct an educational campaign for doctors and consumers, explaining how to choose the appropriate Maalox product. The Swiss manufacturer also has agreed to report any adverse effects associated with the mix-up.
Maalox Total Relief Side Effects
The FDA said the Swiss manufacturer will rename Maalox Total Relief and change its packaging by September 2010.
Maalox Total Relief contains bismuth subsalicylate, a chemical similar to aspirin which can cause internal bleeding in patients suffering from stomach ulcers and blood clots.
In addition, the FDA says Maalox Total Relief can negatively interact with blood thinners like Warfarin and Plavix, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin.
Maalox Total Relief Lawsuits
Novartis is one of the world's top five drugmakers. The Swiss-based company makes the blood pressure drug Diovan, cancer treatments Gleevec and Zometa, and a host of consumer products, including Gas-X, Excedrin, Benefiber and Theraflu.
Although serious injuries caused as a result of Maalox and Maalox Total Relief have not been reported at this time, Novartis could be facing defective drug lawsuits from consumers who believe their injuries and/or wrongful death of a loved one may have been caused by a Maalox product mix-up.
If you or a loved one is suffering as a result of Maalox Total Relief, please contact AWKO law at (888) 255 – 2956. AWKO lawyers are Florida’s top defective drug attorneys who are able to take on the manufacturer and obtain monetary damages for you and your family.