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Drug Claims Prompt Health Alert

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News Release
April 29, 2011

Texas Department of State Health Services officials are investigating several over-the-counter products being falsely marketed as antibiotics and urge people to discard any of the products they may have.

The products are sold as dietary supplements under names such as Amoxilina, Pentrexcilina, Ampitrexyl, Citricillin, Amoximiel and Pentreximil. Product labeling falsely suggests to consumers that they are prescription antibiotics.

DSHS officials are concerned that people taking the products believe they will provide the beneficial health effects of an antibiotic drug. The products do not appear to have any active drug ingredients and are not approved to treat medical conditions.

The product names and packaging may closely resemble well-known prescription antibiotic drugs, such as Amoxicillin. The products may be available in capsule, syrup, ointment and drinkable forms.

The products appear to have been distributed statewide and are targeted toward Hispanic consumers. They may be sold at various retailers, including small independent stores that cater to the Hispanic community. Usage instructions are in Spanish and English.

DSHS is working with other agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to investigate product origin, distribution, labeling and advertising. Retailers are urged to remove the products from store shelves and contact their distributors for instructions.

State health officials became aware of the situation following reports that an Austin hospital treated several patients whose parents mistakenly believed they had been treating their children with an antibiotic.

Delaying antibiotic treatment may worsen an illness. People should call their doctor if they believe they have an illness that warrants antibiotic treatment.

People can call DSHS at 512-834-6755 to file a complaint or for more information.

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(News Media: Carrie Williams, Press Officer, 512-458-7119 or 512-965-7198)

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Last updated December 27, 2013