September 24, 2012 — Some lots of hydrocodone are being recalled because they may exceed specifications for weight and potency. Watson Laboratories Inc. and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recalling hydrocodone / acetaminophen, USP 10-mg/500-mg, expiration date April 2014, Lot Number 519406A and 521759A. The products were sold throughout the U.S. at retailers and pharmacies between June 27, 2012 and July 18, 2012.
It is possible that some consumers and/or retailers may still have these products in their possession. People who have purchased hydrocodone should check their package to see whether it is being recalled. These products should not be used. They should also be separated from other medications to prevent accidentally use.
A customer first reported the problem, after receiving hydrocodone pills that were thicker and darker than usual. The recall is being initiated because these lots may have had a manufacturing defect that makes the pills more potent than specified.
Using one of the recalled pills could increase a user’s risk of complications, which could be life-threatening or deadly. An acetaminophen overdose could cause liver toxicity — especially if the patient already has liver problems, or is taking other medications containing acetaminophen, or drinks at least three alcoholic beverages every day. Liver toxicity can cause liver failure, and a patient could require a liver transplant.
Another hydrocodone recall occurred on September 11, 2012. Qualitest recalled one lot of hydrocodone (USP 10-mg/500-mg) because some bottles of hydrocodone contained super-potent tablets. The affected lot, C1440512A, was sold from May 14 until August 3, 2012.
Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen 10-mg/500-mg tablets are prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. Medications containing acetaminophen are a common cause of liver toxicity and overdoses. Sudden overdoses often occur when patients accidentally take more than one medication containing acetaminophen. However, smaller overdoses staggered over time can also cause severe liver dysfunction, liver toxicity, and death.
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