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Table 3 Reasons for the drug recall data (2010 – January 2019)

From: Medicine recalls in Saudi Arabia: a retrospective review of drug alerts (January 2010–January 2019)

  Reason for recall Number of medicinal product Percent %
1 Quality defects 73 78.06
1. Contamination 27 32.53
2. Non-compliance with manufacturer's specifications 18 21.43
3. Failure to demonstrate bioequivalence 16 19.28
4. Problems related to packaging 8 9.64
5. Problems related to the active ingredients 4 4.81
2 Adverse reaction 10 12.05
3 Falsified medicine 1 1.20