Total recall of unregistered Vimpat Tablets 50mg and 100mg (Aug 14,
The Department of Health
(DH) today (August 14) instructed Orient Europharma Company
Limited, a licensed wholesaler, to conduct a total recall of Vimpat
Tablets 50mg and 100mg from the market as Orient Europharma had
imported and distributed the unregistered version of the products
containing soya lecithin coating instead of the registered version.
In Hong Kong, only Vimpat Tablets 50mg (registration number:
HK-61175) and 100mg (registration number: HK-61176) without soya
lecithin coating have been registered.
A DH spokesman said that UCB Pharma (Hong Kong) Limited, the
product certificate holder of Vimpat Tablets 50mg and 100mg,
informed the DH today that their authorised importer, Orient
Europharma, had imported and distributed the unregistered version
of the products containing soya lecithin coating to the Hong Kong
According to the DH investigation so far, Orient Europharma
imported 506 boxes of Vimpat Tablets 50mg and 497 boxes of Vimpat
Tablets 100mg to Hong Kong in July this year. Eleven boxes of
Vimpat Tablets 50mg and nine boxes of Vimpat Tablets 100mg were
sold to local pharmacies and private doctors.
The DH's investigation is continuing.
Vimpat Tablets are manufactured in Germany by Schwarz Pharma
Produktions GmbH and contain lacosamide for the treatment of
epilepsy. They can only be sold on prescription and under the
supervision of pharmacists at registered pharmacies.
"Here, contravention of the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance is
suspected. The sale and possession of unregistered pharmaceutical
products is an offence under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance.
The maximum penalty is a fine of $100,000 and two years'
imprisonment," the spokesman explained.
Orient Europharma has set up a hotline (2578 7080) for the
recall. The DH will monitor the recall.
"Members of the public who have the products in hand should not
stop medication but should seek advice from health-care
professionals," the DH spokesman said.
(Reprinted from HKSAR Government web page