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State shutters Fayetteville pharmacy, recalls products

Posted April 2, 2015 3:16 p.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2015 6:50 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday ordered a recall for all non‐sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged and distributed by a Fayetteville pharmacy over a six-month period.

The board also shut down Prescription Center Pharmacy, at 915 Hay St., and is trying to get owner Gary Newton to surrender his pharmacist license. Another pharmacist at Prescription Center, Gerald Mizelle, has already surrendered his license.

The recall covers items made between Sept 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. Prescription Center distributed the recalled compounded products throughout the United States and in Canada, officials said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a nationwide alert about the recall Thursday.

Jay Campbell, executive director of the North Carolina pharmacy board, said state inspectors determined Prescription Center wasn't testing its products to ensure sterility, stability and potency.

"There's always a risk to those products could be contaminated or not as potent as they are labeled or more potent than they are labeled being, and a patient could experience an illness or other adverse effect as a result of using that medication," Campbell said.

There have been no reports of any injury caused by any recalled product, he said.

"Given the shortfalls that we observed in their compounding practices and in an abondance of caution, we're advising folks who received those products to go ahead and destroy them," Campbell said.

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact the Board of Pharmacy at 919-246-1050. Patients who have concerns regarding the use or consumption of any recalled products should contact their health care providers, and questions concerning the disposal of the products should be directed to the board of pharmacy in the patient’s or health care provider’s home state.