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Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Drug Safety and Recall Information

Gateway HealthSM is committed to providing our members with the highest quality of care.  In order to do so, we find it necessary to provide you with drug safety information.  Drug safety information can come in the form of drug safety alerts or Medication Guides.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Medication Guides, which are handouts that come with specific drugs you get at the pharmacy.  The FDA requires Medication Guides be given with these drugs to provide patients with information about the drug to prevent serious side effects.  All medication guides provided by the FDA can be found at this link: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm085729.htm.

Drug Recalls and Withdrawals

Gateway HealthSM has been notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the medications will no longer be available due to safety reasons.

If you are currently taking any of these medications, Gateway HealthSM will contact you and your physician to make you aware of this drug withdrawal. In the meantime, it is suggested you do the following:

  1. Call your doctor right away. You and your doctor should talk about if you should stop taking the drug immediately.  Your doctor may suggest another drug that is safe and effective for treating your condition.
  2. If you have questions about the right way to dispose of the drug, call the pharmacy that filled the drug for help.

Your doctor will be able to answer your questions about how this may or may not have an effect on your health.  There are covered alternatives that may be available to replace the drug that has been withdrawn from the market.  If your doctor has questions about coverage of an alternative drug that has been or will be prescribed for you, your doctor can call our pharmacy services department.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please call our pharmacy member services department 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday thru Friday at 1-800-392-1147.  TTY/TDD users should call 711.

Drug Recalls or Withdrawals

Drug Date Withdrawn from the Market
Sanofi US® is voluntarily recalling all Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) auto injectors. Date Released: 10/29/2015
Abbott Diabetes Care is voluntarily recalling the FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters Date Released: 4/15/2013
The LifeScan unit of Johnson and Johnson voluntarily recalls all One Touch Verio IQ Glucose Meters Date released: 3/25/2013
Reckitt Benckiser to discontinue the sale of Suboxone Tablets Date released: 9/25/2012
All propoxyphene containing products, sold as Darvocet, Darvon-N, propoxyphene-acetaminophen, and propoxyphene Date released: 11/19/2010
ALL lots of Octagam (Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human)) 5% Liquid Preparation Date released: 9/23/2010
Moban tablets all strengths
(5mg, 10mg, 25mg, and 50mg)
Discontinuation by Endo Pharmaceuticals
Supply expected to be depleted by
June 30, 2010