By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - A warning from local doctors if you take pills for chest pain relief or to stop heart attacks. This month, the FDA has ordered two companies to stop making unapproved pills. Medical officials in West Texas are trying to spread the word about certain nitroglycerin tablets, and it could affect thousands who take the pills on a regular basis.
On Wednesday, staff at The Healthy Heart Center of Odessa showed NewsWest 9 some of the nitroglycern tablets that's caused some alarm. Specifically, tablets order from Glenmark Generics or Konec Inc. in certain dosages (0.3, 0.4, 0.6) are not working. Local doctors said there is a danger in using these tablets.
"This is the first time that Nitroglycerin has been not recalled, but we have to tell our patients not to use it," Dr. Suresh Gadasalli, a Cardiologist at Healthy Heart, said. "It could lead to a heart attack if somebody is having chest pains from angina, and they use these medications that are not effective. It could potentially cause a heart attack."