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FDA calls ibuprofen ointments illegal

Associated Press / August 21, 2009

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WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to eight companies for illegally marketing pain-relief ointments containing ibuprofen. Regulators say the companies do not have permission to market their products, which mix the popular painkiller with other ingredients.

While ibuprofen is available in a variety of tablets like Advil, the FDA has not approved any ointments containing the drug.

The companies include Tennessee-based Wonder Laboratories, New Mexico-based Meditrend, and Alabama-based Progressive Emu Inc. They have 15 business days to respond to the FDA citations.