Medical Officials Warn About Unapproved Nitroglycerin Tablets

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

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."

Doctors at the Healthy Heart Center said they have thousands of patients, and because they will not be able to contact each person individually, they are asking our station to help get the word out. The FDA said patients need to check with their pharmacy about the types of nitroglycern pills they are taking, and if it is approved by the FDA. They said a good example you can ask for is by Pfizer, Inc. 
  
For more specific information: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm204744.htm