April 29, 2011
Texas Department of State Health Services officials are
investigating several over-the-counter products being falsely marketed as
antibiotics and urge people to discard any of the products they may have.
The products are sold as
dietary supplements under names such as Amoxilina, Pentrexcilina, Ampitrexyl,
Citricillin, Amoximiel and Pentreximil. Product labeling falsely suggests to
consumers that they are prescription antibiotics.
DSHS officials are
concerned that people taking the products believe they will provide the
beneficial health effects of an antibiotic drug. The products do not appear
to have any active drug ingredients and are not approved to treat medical conditions.
The product names and
packaging may closely resemble well-known prescription antibiotic drugs, such
as Amoxicillin. The products may be available in capsule, syrup, ointment and
The products appear to have
been distributed statewide and are targeted toward Hispanic consumers. They may
be sold at various retailers, including small independent stores that cater to
the Hispanic community. Usage instructions are in Spanish and English.
DSHS is working with other
agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to investigate
product origin, distribution, labeling and advertising. Retailers are urged to
remove the products from store shelves and contact their distributors for
State health officials became
aware of the situation following reports that an Austin hospital treated several patients
whose parents mistakenly believed they had been treating their children with an
treatment may worsen an illness. People should call
their doctor if they believe they have an illness that warrants antibiotic
People can call DSHS at 512-834-6755 to file a complaint or for more
(News Media: Carrie Williams, Press Officer, 512-458-7119 or 512-965-7198)
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