Ethex Morphine Side Effects Lawsuits. The lawyers and attorneys at our firm are currently offering free case evaluations to people injured by morphine sulfate tablets distributed by Ethex Corp. Ethex Corp. recalled its morphine sulfate tablets after style receiving a report of a tablet that was twice the normal size. There is a chance that a larger tablet could contain twice the active ingredient, putting users at risk of morphine overdose. If you or someone you know suffered symptoms of overdose as a result of one of these tablets, we urge you to contact our Ethex morphine injury lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Ethex Morphine Tablet Recalls
On June 9, 2008, Ethex Corp. recalled a single lot of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets (Lot No. 91762). The defective tablets were distributed under an ETHEX label between April 16th and April 27th of 2008. The recalled product was a white oval tablet with 60″ on one side, and E on the reverse.
No other dosage strength, nor any other lot of the 60 mg strength was affected by this recall. The Ethex morphine injury lawyers at our firm believe the limited scope of this recall was not adequate to insure that all defective morphine tablets were removed from the market.
June 13, 2008, Ethex Corp. announced that it was expanding its morphine tablet recall to include several lots of 60 mg and 30 mg extended release tablets. The 60 mg product is a white oval tablet with 60 on one side, and on the reverse. The 30 mg product is a pink oval tablet with 30 on one side, and E on the reverse. Morphine pills included in the expanded recall were distributed between June 2006 and May 2008.
The expanded Ethex morphine tablet recall included the following:
- Morphine Sulfate ER 30mg Tablet/NDC # 58177-320-04: Lots 75090, 77846, 77847, 80048, 83320, 89661, 89665, 90252 through 90258, and 93284
- Morphine Sulfate ER 60mg Tablet/NDC # 58177-330-04: Lots 91762 (previously reported), 75091, 75092, 77848 through 77851, 82517, 82518, 83333, 83817, 83862, 84111, 84112, 84315, 84900, 85326, 85335, 85807, 86270 through 86276, 87723, 87939, 88007, 89083, 89668, 89669, 89821, 90260 through 90272, and 91763 through 91765.
Ethex did not say why it failed to recall all of its potentially defective morphine tablets in the initial recall. However, this oversight likely put thousands of morphine users in unnecessary danger. Our Ethex morphine injury lawyers intend to make sure the company is held accountable for any injuries that might have occurred because of this failure.
At the time of both morphine tablet recalls, Ethex characterized the actions as precautionary. The company has maintained that it received no reports of unexpected side effects or injury. However not all adverse drug reactions are reported, and our Ethex morphine injury lawyers suspect that these defective tablets have injured many people.
Opiates, such as morphine, have life-threatening consequences if overdosed. Many patients who are prescribed Ethex morphine tablets are likely to be highly debilitated with reduced strength or energy as a result of illness. As such, they may not be able determine that a tablet is overweight or over-sized.
Morphine overdose is characterized by a variety of symptoms. These include pinpoint pupils, nausea and vomiting, weak pulse and low blood pressure. A person suffering from morphine overdose will also have difficulty breathing, and may exhibit shallow or labored breathing. They may also stop breathing for short periods of time. Their lips and fingertips might also turn a bluish color. If they do not receive medical attention quickly, a person who has overdosed on morphine can experience seizures, fall into a coma, and possibly die. The Ethex morphine injury lawyers will make sure that anyone who suffered a morphine overdose because of these defective tablets receives the compensation they deserve.