Amoxicillin Actavis recalled due to glass fragments found in two bottles

Glass fragments found in two bottles of the Actavis brand of amoxicillin oral liquid has initiated a nationwide recall by the company. The recall has taken place as a precautionary measure as the glass fragments found in the bottles appear to have been broken off from the lip of the bottle during manufacturing of the product. Amoxicillin is a frequently prescribed antibiotic and is often used for treatment in children for glue ear, chest, skin and urinary tract infections. It is also used for other less common conditions.Actavis New Zealand Ltd as a precautionary measure and in close co-ordination with the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority in New Zealand – known as Medsafe issued a recall.

Actavis Amoxicillin oral liquid is packaged in glass bottles and is available in two strengths 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml. Only the oral liquid Actavis Amoxicillin is affected. The capsule form and other brands of amoxicillin are not affected and alternative antibiotics to amoxicillin are also available.

There have been no reports of any harm till date from the glass being in the bottles. It is predicted between 10,000 and 20,000 bottles are likely to have been dispensed to individuals since it became a fully subsidized medicine in New Zealand on July 1, 2014.