Safety Alerts & Recalls

What does this mean?

Since morphine has serious side effects if overdosed, this recall should be taken seriously. These side effects include drowsiness, confusion, difficulty breathing, and low blood pressure.

If you or someone you care for is taking morphine sulfate tablets, check your bottle to find out who they were made by and if it is labeled with one of the lot numbers involved in the recall. The prescription bottle often lists the manufacturer on the pharmacy label. Or, you can look at the tablets and see if they have any of the following "ETHEX" markings:

The 15 mg Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablet is a green oval tablet with "15" on one side and an "E" on the other side.

The 15 mg Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablet is a round brown tablet with a "15" on one side and an "ETH" on the other side.

The 30 mg Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablet is a capsule shaped brown tablet with "30" on one side and an "ETHEX" on the other side.

If you think your tablets are made by ETHEX Corporation you should return them to your pharmacy to examine and possibly exchange. If you are not sure who has made your tablets, please take your bottle to your pharmacist for them to check as soon as possible.

If you have any other questions about the recall or if you are experiencing side effects, you should contact your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Any customer inquiries related to this recall may also be addressed to ETHEX Customer Service at 1-800-748-1472, or sent via email to: customer-service@ethex.com with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time (CST).

Recall on Several Lots of Morphine Sulfate Extended Release and Immediate Release Tablets

The ETHEX Corporation has voluntarily recalled several lots of MORPHINE SULFATE EXTENDED RELEASE 15 mg and MORPHINE SULFATE IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 mg and 30 mg tablets. These tablets may be oversized and contain more drug than appropriate. This could result in patients receiving as much as twice the expected dosage of this drug.

The lot numbers involved in the recall are: Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets, 15 mg: Lots: 81175, 82514-16, 89660, 89664, 89667, 90249-51, and 91687 with expiration dates ranging from December 2008 to February 2010

Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets, 15 mg: Lots: 77852-54, 81746, 82519-20, 84113, and 90276-78 with expiration dates ranging from September 2009 to January 2011

Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets, 30 mg: Lots: 75093, 77855-57, 82297, 82521-22, 87239, 88925, and 90288-98 with expiration dates ranging from August 2009 to March 2011

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Source: Manufacturer
Publication Date: 2008-11-10
Last Updated: 2009-12-05

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