CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) — Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc.
said Friday that it has recalled two lots of the painkiller Endocet, after some
bottles were found to contain tablets that had a higher dosage of acetaminophen
than was indicated on the label.
The error could result in people taking more acetaminophen
than they intend, which could cause liver damage, especially for those who have
more than three alcoholic drinks a day, have liver dysfunction or take other
medicine that contains acetaminophen.
No injuries have been reported so far.
Patients can detect the incorrect pills because they are
large oval-shaped tablets, marked “E797” on one side and
“10” on the other. The correct pills for the labeled bottles are
smaller, capsule-shaped tablets marked “E712” on one side and “10/325”
on the other.
The recall affects pills with an expiration date of 2014
that were distributed to wholesalers between April 19 and May 10 in 18 states
including California, New
York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Illinois.