ETHEX Corporation has issued a recall on several lots of morphine sulfate pills after it was discovered that they may contain as much as twice the appropriate dosage. The defective pills are twice as thick as they should be, which is causing the potential overdose.
The morphine recall is for the following pills:
- Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets, 15 mg: Lots: 81175, 82514-16, 89660, 89664, 89667, 90249-51, and 91687 with expiration dates ranging from 12/2008 to 2/2010
- Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets, 15 mg: Lots: 77852-54, 81746, 82519-20, 84113, and 90276-78 with expiration dates ranging from 9/2009 to 1/2011
- Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets, 30 mg: Lots: 75093, 77855-57, 82297, 82521-22, 87239, 88925, and 90288-98 with expiration dates ranging from 8/2009 to 3/2011
- Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tablets, 10 mg: Lots: 73934, 75892, 77945, 81137, 86320 with expiration dates ranging from 6/2009 to 5/2011
- Propafenone HCl Tablets, 150 mg: Lots: 73761, 78184, 79373, 81240, 81241, 81242, 83470, 84357, 90525, and 90526 with expiration dates ranging from 3/2009 to 3/2011
- Propafenone HCl Tablets, 225 mg: Lots: 71720, 74831, 76014-15, 81243-45, 89731, 90527-29, and 90657 with expiration dates ranging from 3/2009 to 2/2011
- Propafenone HCl Tablets, 300 mg: Lots: 72834, 76016-18, 81246, 89092, 89732, 90530, 90532, and 91641-42 with expiration dates ranging from 6/2009 to 3/2011
- Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablets, 30 mg: Lots: 62355, 66423, and 68102 with expiration dates ranging from 11/2008 to 8/2009
- Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablets, 60 mg: Lots: 63466, 66034, 67351, and 67354 with expiration dates ranging from 12/2008 to 11/2009
Morphine sulfate is a very strong opiate analgesic drug. A double dosage of this drug can potentially be fatal. The most common side effects of a morphine overdose include:
- Respiratory depression
- Low blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Rapid heart rate
The defective tablets have all been pulled from stores and returned to ETHEX. If you have been using the recalled morphine sulfate pills, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately to make sure that you haven’t suffered any adverse side effects. You should also contact the FDA, since they are compiling information about the defective tablets on their MedWatch program.
If you have suffered an illness or injury as a result of the recalled morphine pills, you should consult an experienced defective drug attorney immediately. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your damages.
This is the second time this year that a major pharmaceutical company has issued a recall for a drug containing twice the appropriate dosage. In April, Actavis Totowa recalled Digitek when they discovered the drug contained twice the acceptable amount of digoxin. Lawyers have been filing lawsuits against Actavis over the Digitek recall for several months now. It is expected that ETHEX will face similar lawsuits over their morphine sulfate pills in the months to come.