A nationwide aspirin recall is underway after a CVS pharmacist discovered a 120-pill bottle that was supposed to contain aspirin was actually filled with acetaminophen pills. Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. has voluntarily recalled 16,440 bottles of pills labeled to contain 81-mg aspirin pills because at least one bottle in the lot contained 500-mg acetaminophen pills.
The recall concerns Rugby label Enteric Coated Aspirin Tablets, 81 mg, Lot 13A026. The lot was manufactured and packaged by Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. under the label of Rugby Laboratories. Rugby Laboratories distributed the product nationwide to wholesalers and retailers.
The concern is that consumers may be inadvertently taking Acetaminophen 500 mg which may cause severe liver damage to those who take other drugs containing acetaminophen, consumers who drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, or those who have liver disease. Overdosing on acetaminophen, commonly sold under the brand name Tylenol, is the No. 1 method of suicide in the United Kingdom. In the United States, patients usually overdose on acetaminophen by accident because they don’t realize one of their prescriptions, such as sleeping pills, already contains it.
The Rugby aspirin label directions instruct patients to take 4-8 tablets every 4 hours, but not more than 48 tablets in 24 hours. Consumers who followed those instructions and mistakenly took 48 tablets daily of Acetaminophen 500 mg could ingest up to 24,000 mg of Acetaminophen, which is about six times the maximum recommended daily dose of acetaminophen.
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