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About Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets

ETHEX Morphene Recall Lawsuits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was recently made aware of a voluntary pharmaceutical recall by ETHEX Corporation of the drug Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets. While voluntary, information about the recall is available through the FDA website here. The ETHEX Corporation describes Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets as a pain management prescription that is an opiod agononist and controlled substance, used for cardiac patients. This drug had proven helpful in multiple controlled settings at hospitals and at home, and the recall does not call into question the general acceptability of the product. The recall was initiated due to the abnormal size of certain tablets in specific lots.

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The drug manufacturer points to the oversize of certain tablets that may provide a significantly larger dose of Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets than prescribed. This excess dose can cause problems for users. The greatest prospective problem for users of this pain management drug is a potentially dangerous drop in blood pressure. The FDA indicates there is also a greater risk for respiratory distress for those who take the affected Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets. Experts have concluded the use of these oversized tablets may result in life threatening complications.

According to the FDA website the following list and lot numbers are included in the recall:

82514-16, 89660, 89664, 89667, 90249-51, and 91687 (15 mg, with expiration dates from December 2008 to February 2010).
77852-54, 81746, 82519-20, 84113, and 90276-78 (15 mg, with expiration dates from September 2009 to January 2011).
75093, 77855-57, 82297, 82521-22, 87239, 88925, and 90288-98 (30 mg with expiration dates ranging from August 2009 to March 2011).

All of these tablets were shipped before May 22, 2008 to wholesalers and retailers across the country.

Patients who were prescribed Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets after May 22, 2008 should have received or will likely receive a phone call from their pharmacist. ETHEX Corporation has provided replacement drugs featuring the correct dosing and has alerted pharmacies to contact customers to either return their unused pills for a replacement or a refund. If you use this drug and experience problems with these oversized Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets you are encouraged to call the FDA MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088. The website for this program is fda.gov/medwatch.

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Remember, if you have a problem with your medication, you should talk to your doctor immediately to learn how to have your drugs replaced. Suddenly stopping a medication can be dangerous. If your health was affected by this recall, you should also talk to a Ethex Morphone recall lawyer today to find out more about your legal rights.

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