Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Recalls Phenobarbital

Today I received an alert from the American Veterinary Medical Association warning that phenobarbital manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals might be mismarked.  While the label says the tablets are phenobarbital, the tablets inside may actually be hydrocodone or acetaminophen.  If your pet is on phenobarbital manufactured by Qualitest to control seizures, please call your veterinarian to verify the safety of the medication.  Even though the company issued a recall in early February, the FDA reports they are still receiving reports of pets suffering severe health problems after receiving the mislabeled medication.   

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.