Georgia generic drug manufacturer Brookstone Pharmaceuticals issued a drug recall today after FDA officials discovered potential overdose dangers and corresponding dangers for drug-related injury, such as liver injury, from a manufacturing error.
Unlike earlier manufacturing-based drug recalls Tennessee Law Blog has reported, Brookstone Pharmaceuticals of Alpharetta, Georgia did not negligently dose its pills or provide an ineffective product. Rather, in this recent drug recall, 16-ounce bulk containers of the company’s generic concentrated acetaminophen drops were inappropriately labeled, according to FDA officials. Packing on these concentrated dose pills look very similar to the regular dosage but the pills inside have far more acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.
Acetaminophen is also found in other pain killers and cold medicines, and significant dosages can cause liver damage, including permanent injury. Serious painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin combine acetaminophen with other pain-killing ingredients for their synergetic effects, and an estimated 100 people died every year from overdose involving acetaminophen as at least one of the ingredients.
The Georgia company had shipped 344 bottles of the concentrated drops to U.S. customers and donated 5,301 bottles to charity for international distribution.
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