It all started with a quick-thinking nurse at the Dell Children's Medical Center. Now, a dietary supplement that some confused with antibiotic drugs is getting pulled from shelves across the country.
In addition to its name, Amoxilina's packaging is almost identical to the antibiotic Amoxicillin. Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that MultiMex Distribution is recalling the dietary supplement nation-wide.
Dell Children's Medical Center noticed the potential problem last month after seeing four children with worsening illnesses. They say the parents of the affected children are Hispanic and thought they could purchase antibiotics over the counter, like they could in Latin countries. The Texas attorney general took notice and obtained a court order against MultiMex.
The staff at Dell Children's Medical Center call it a team effort.
"This is a case where things worked like they're supposed to. Something that have potentially gone unnoticed for months, years, who knows how long, got taken care of fairly quickly," says Jerry Strickland, Texas attorney general spokesman.
The case against MultiMex will continue to be investigated.
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