Qualitest, a Huntsville, Alabama, subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, has voluntarily recalled 101 lots of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets. The company said some of the tablets may contain more acetaminophen than the label claims. Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen (the generic version of Vicodin) are used for moderate to moderately severe pain.
Increased acetaminophen levels can cause liver damage, especially for patients taking other medications containing acetaminophen, patients with liver dysfunction or those who drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day. Liver damage could require organ transplant or cause death.
The affected lots were distributed between Feb. 20, 2012, and Nov. 19, 2012, to wholesale distributors and retail pharmacies nationwide. The pink, capsule-shaped tablets have “3600” on one side and “V” on the other.
No injuries have been reported so far, regarding this recall, which was reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Consumers who are unsure whether their medication is affected should consult their pharmacy or health care professional. Those who have been given the tablets should call Qualitest at (800) 444-4011.