What happened to Kaopectate's old formula?
August 2, 2005 7:31 AM Subscribe
What does "nonmonograph designation" mean, with regards to pharmaceuticals and the FDA? Or, more specifically, why did the FDA pull attapulgite off the market?
posted by WCityMike to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
As best I can determine, antidiarrheals which used attapulgite (such as the old formula of Kaopectate) were pulled off the market or reformulated after the FDA, in 2003, gave it "nonmonograph designation." I'm curious as to what a "nonmonograph designation" by the FDA is, and what the background story is behind attapulgite specifically being yanked.
Kaopectate now works off of the same active ingredient as Pepto-Bismol, and when I tried to find out why Kaopectate was reformulated, and what other medications might have attapulgite, I ran across the FDA stuff that said attapulgite wasn't available, period, anymore.
This may be one of those obscure ones no one can answer, but then again, I got nearly everything wrong with Chapi Chapo, and you guys still got me an answer ... :-)