Duchesnay Inc. recalls certain lots of PregVit and PregVit folic 5 prenatal and postpartum vitamin-mineral supplements because of a packaging error – Recalls and safety alerts

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Duchesnay Inc. recalls certain lots of PregVit and PregVit folic 5 prenatal and postpartum vitamin-mineral supplements because of a packaging error

OTTAWA – Health Canada is advising Canadians that Duchesnay Inc. is recalling certain lots of PregVit vitamin-mineral supplements (for prenatal and postpartum use) and PregVit folic 5 vitamin-mineral supplements (for prenatal use) because blister packages may contain all pink (morning) tablets instead of the correct combination of pink and blue (evening) tablets. The company estimates the issue affects a very small number of products in certain lots (see the table below) and not all products.

There are no quality, safety or effectiveness concerns with the tablets themselves but there is the potential that patients may not take the proper combination of pink and blue tablets if they have received products impacted by the packaging error.

The pink and the blue tablets do not contain the same active ingredients. Women taking all pink tablets will not receive the intended vitamin and mineral supplements. In particular, the pink tablets do not contain folic acid, which is important for the healthy growth of an unborn baby and helps to reduce some types of birth defects called neural tube defects.

Properly packaged products should contain two blister packs, with each blister pack containing 15 pink tablets and 15 blue tablets. The company received a complaint of a product containing a blister pack that contained all pink tablets and no blue tablets.

Who is affected

Women who have bought or are using the affected products.

Affected products

Product DIN Lot Expiry
PregVit
Format 60
02451573 19003 2021-10-31
19001V 2021-09-30
18015V 2021-08-31
18010V 2021-05-31
18012V 2021-04-30
18006V 2020-08-31
18003V 2020-06-30
17019V 2020-05-31
17016 2020-07-31
17002 2020-03-31
16065 2020-02-29
16064 2020-01-31
16045 2019-12-31
16042 2019-12-31
PregVit folic 5
Format 60
02451581 18022 2021-07-31
18007 2020-10-31
18002 2020-09-30
16053 2019-12-31

What consumers should do

Additional information for pharmacists

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada is monitoring the recall and verifying that the company has effectively addressed the packaging issue. Should additional safety concerns be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians as necessary.

Media Enquiries:

Public Enquiries:

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709

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