Pharmacist news letter Walmart recalls medication

Walmart recalls supplement

Walmart recalls tainted OTC arthritis supplement

On May 28th, 2022 the FDA published an announcement regarding the recall of a tainted over-the-counter (OTC) supplement sold online by Walmart. This was in response to Walmart recalling the supplement on the same day. The product in question is called Artri Ajo King (pictured below); it’s marketed as being used for joint pain, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and more. Laboratory analysis performed by the FDA confirmed the presence of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac. Unsurprisingly this hidden ingredient likely explains the product’s popularity and effectiveness, but this doesn’t come without significant risks.

Pharmacist news letter Walmart recalls Artri Ajo King
Potential dangers for consumers

Some of the risks associated with taking diclofenac include: increased risk of heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, and fatal perforation of the stomach and intestines. These risks are increased when this medication is combined with other NSAIDS like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Finally, drug interactions are also possible.

Since it is extremely common for elderly patients suffering from joint or muscle pain to already be taking other NSAID medications this supplement poses a significant risk of patient harm. This vulnerable population needs to be counseled if at all possible by pharmacists even when they choose to purchase OTC medications. This recall highlights the need to bolster pharmacist counseling and provide a means to pay pharmacists or their efforts.

Pharmacy Brain recommends consumers avoid all products produced by the manufacturers Innovacion Naturals and PDX Supply Warehouse LLC due to the potential risks outweighing the benefits.

Contact information and reporting

For any questions about the recall of Artri Ajo King sold on Walmart.com contact Walmart Customer Care at 1-800-925-6278, option 1 or by email at www.help.walmart.com.

It’s important to report any medication-related adverse reactions or quality problems to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch-fda-safety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program/reporting-serious-problems-fda. Consumer reporting drives FDA investigations and testing.

William M Coyne, PharmD, MBA

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