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Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg Tablets Voluntary Recall


On July 31, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice regarding a voluntary recall of hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablets manufactured by Unichem Pharmaceuticals. This recall was issued as a precaution because a clopidogrel tablet was found in a bottle of the product. Taking a clopidogrel tablet instead of a hydrochlorothiazide tablet could cause side effects which include bleeding and/or bruising. People who are allergic to clopidogrel or any of its ingredients mayexperience more serious side effects. Additionally, missing a dose of hydrochlorothiazide could result in uncontrolled blood pressure or swelling caused by excess fluid. 

This may represent a potential health hazard or safety risk to plan members who may be using product affected by this recall.

Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablets are light orange, circular tablets, with “U” and “128” on one side and plain on the other side.

Clopidogrel tablets are light orange/pink circular unmarked tablets.

Please note: Product affected by this recall was only in distribution from May 21, 2015 until July 31, 2015. If you did not receive hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablets during this time it is not affected by this recall. If you did receive product during this time, please contact the pharmacy that filled your prescription.

Please call your doctor right away for advice if you may be using affected product. Your doctor is familiar with your medical history and can suggest the best treatment option for you. If you need a prescription for a different medicine, please call your doctor.

CVS/caremark Response:

Please note: This recall affects lot number GHYL15028 exp. 04/30/18.The affected lot may have been dispensed by the Hawaii CVS/caremark Mail Service Pharmacy, but was not dispensed at the other CVS/caremark Mail Service Pharmacies. If you received hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablets from the Hawaii CVS/caremark Mail Service Pharmacy, please call a Customer Care representative toll-free at 1-866-823-5184. We will give you more information and help with arrangements for the return and replacement of any affected product.

If you are currently taking hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablets manufactured and have questions regarding this recall, please call your doctor or call Unichem Customer Service toll-free at 1-866-931-0704, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (CT). You may also call the FDA consumer inquiry line toll-free at 1‑888‑INFO-FDA (1‑888-463-6332) or visit their Web site at

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