Thursday, November 09, 2006

Metal Forces Painkiller Recall

11 million bottles of the common pain killer acetaminophen are being recalled due to the risk of metal contamination. Some of the drugs were sold over 3 years ago. The generic pills were sold to many stores including Wal-Mart, CVS, Safeway, and SuperValu. The 500 mg tablets were also sold under more than 120 other brands.

Acetaminophen is one of the most common painkillers and is most well known under the Tylenol brand name. Along with Asprin and Ibuprofen, it is one of the most widely used pain killers not needing a prescription.

The risk of the pills causing major injury to anyone ingesting the pills is minor with the most common possible effect being stomach discomfort and cuts of the mouth and throat. So far no one is known to have consumed any contaminated pills. The metal ranges from small fragments to wire one-third of an inch long.

The metal was found during routine quality control checks after company employees discovered equipment was wearing down. Out of 70 million pills tested with a metal detector only 200 indicated even a minor metal presence.

The company who manufactures the medication, Perrigo, is touted as the world's largest producer of generic drugs. Affected batch numbers can be found on the FDA website.

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