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MALARIA DRUG BEING RECALLED

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A New Jersey company is recalling a malaria drug because some of the bottles contain an animal diuretic instead, the FDA said Friday.

The wrong drug has been found in California, Utah, Arizona and Oregon.The recall by Biocraft Laboratories of Elmwood, N.J., applies to Goldline brand 250 milligram chloroquine phosphate tablets packaged in 100-tablet bottles labeled as lot number 14311, the FDA said.

Diuretic steps up production of urine. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Using tablets from the erroneously labeled bottles would not protect against or treat malaria. Large amounts of diuretics can lead to irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure and general weakness, the agency said.

Anyone who has a bottle or prescription of the recalled tablets should return it to the pharmacy and consult a physician.