After examining around 70,000 tablets of Furosemide, investigators from the National Medicines Safety Agency found no abnormalities. Several suspicious deaths, however, worry the authorities after sleeping pills were found in a box of this diuretic in early June.
2,374 boxes, or approximately 70,000 tablets, is the quantity of Furosemide that the four investigators from the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) have already inspected without finding any anomalies. Dispatched to Sens (Yonne) in the packaging factory of the pharmaceutical company Teva, they did not find the presence of sleeping pills in the boxes of this diuretic.
“The elements available to the ANSM do not, to date, identify other cases of substitution of Zopiclone tablets in boxes of furosemide Teva 40 mg, apart from the case that triggered the alert. “, explained the drug agency.
The alert was triggered on June 7 by a pharmacist after a patient treated with Furosemide brought him a box in which she had found a sleeping pill. After inspection, the pharmacist then found another Zopiclone tablet in the same box.
Since then, investigations into deaths considered suspicious of elderly people taking Furosemide have been opened in Marseille, Toulon and Toulouse.