The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 pharmacy level alert for levofloxacin 500mg tablets.

This comes after the makers of levofloxacin, Teva UK Limited, informed the MHRA that the Product Code/GTIN (PC) number found on the 105362 batch is incorrect.

The GTIN number that should have been allocated for this batch of tablets is 05017007064459, however, 05017007064435 was applied in error which scans the batches as Levofloxacin 250mg Tablets.

The product pack, the blister primary data, PIL primary data and carton primary data were confirmed as correct for a Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet batch.

The MHRA says there may be “residual risk” if wholesalers and pharmacies use automated inventory system to dispense the affected batches in a pharmacy or wholesale facility.

However, this batch is not subject to a recall, the agency adds.

The regulator advises wholesalers and healthcare professionals that the GTIN barcode should not be used for any dispensing activities for the affected batch.

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