On November 7, 2008 Ethex Corporation, a subsidiary of KV Pharmaceuticals, issued a nationwide recall of five of its generic drugs. The recall was due to the risk that the pills contained a higher dosage of medication than indicated. These drugs were carried by pharmacies and wholesalers all over the country.
Some patients received up to twice the intended dosage
, and were hospitalized due to the overdoses. One of the serious complications
from overdose of these drugs is arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm.
Symptoms associated with arrhythmia include dizziness, discomfort in one's
chest, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. In some cases, heart
surgery will be necessary to treat this condition.
Since the November 2008 recall, Ethex has recalled all of their drugs. In January 2009, the FDA expanded the earlier recall to include 60 generic drug products manufactured by Ethex Corp, as the company may not have complied with federal manufacturing regulations. The recalled products include narcotics, cardiac medications, prenatal vitamins, and iron supplements. The FDA also ordered KV Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries to stop production and shipment of their drugs for over a year. In February 2009, additional recalls were issued by Ethex and another subsidiary of KV pharmaceuticals, the Ther-Rx Corporation.
Anyone who has purchased drugs affected by this recall should return the medication to their pharmacy for a replacement or refund. If you believe you have suffered complications as a result of taking the recalled pills, you should seek medical help immediately. Please visit the following links to see lists of recalled drugs on different recall dates:
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Our attorneys have extensive experience in drug litigation cases. If you or someone you know has suffered complications such as arrhythmia as a result of taking generic drugs manufactured by Ethex or Ther-Rx Corp, contact the Pintas firm immediately. Our Chicago law firm will provide you with a free consultation and an explanation of your legal rights.