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GSK Recalls Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers


GlaxoSmithKline has recalled 593,000 asthma inhalers following complaints of the products leaking. Leaks could result in the inhalers may deliver fewer doses than product packaging indicates.

Details of the GSK Inhaler Recall

The recall affects three lots of Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers manufactured at GSK’s plant in Zebulon, North Carolina.

According to Reuters, the recall was issued after GSK received an elevated number of product complaints concerning a bulging of the outside wrapper. Normally, this would indicate a leak of the propellant that delivers the medicine

The FDA has identified the recall as a “Level 2” recall. GSK is currently working to determine the cause of the problem.

Previous Inhaler Recalls

Less than 18 months ago, GSK recalled 130,000 inhalers due to concerns that canisters might not contain enough propellant to deliver the 200 doses indicated on product labels.

GSK has been trying to increase its inhaler output in recent years, and last year it opened a new plant in the U.K. that would allow the company to double its production of Ellipta inhalers.

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