In a latest move in the arena of medicine and pharmaceutics, Qualitest has issued a voluntary recall for its Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets due to over sized tablets. The lot of the drug that they are recalling with this move is Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. The lot number for the recalled tablets is C1440512A, having the NDC 0603-38888-21,100 and expiry is recorded for 12/13.

The company says though there is no possibility of any serious injury, still the specified lots may contain some tablets that contain a higher dose of acetaminophen that could compel consumers consume acetaminophen dose that is not prescribed and is higher than intended dose. A higher dose of acetaminophen could lead to many body complications which is definitely not something that the manufacturer intends and hence the move.

Reports have found that a high dose of acetaminophen could leads to serious injuries like liver toxicity particularly in people who are suffering from liver dysfunction or people who are in the habit of taking alcohol or alcoholic beverages. A higher dose of acetaminophen has also been found to have a direct link with respiratory depression or sedation. The problem becomes more acute in elderly people particularly those who are suffering from severe liver and kidney diseases. A higher dose of Acetaminophen may also create problems in people who are under the regimen of interacting medications like anti-depressants and sedation.

Acetaminophen 10 mg/500 mg and Hydrocodone are generally prescribed for those patients who are suffering from moderate to severe pain. The defective lot of Acetaminophen tablet was sold and distributed between May 14 and Aug. 3 of 2012 to various retail pharmacies and drug distributors. People who have recently bought Acetaminophen tablet should get assured about the lot number of their medicine which they can find on the side of the manufacturer’s bottle. Acetaminophen Tablets generally comes in an approximate size of 16.51 mm in length, with pink color and is capsule-shaped. Consumers who recently consumed Acetaminophen having the lot number of C1440512A will want to contact the manufacturer at 1-800-444-4011 while consumers who are not very sure about the affected lot can consult their nearby distributor and health care professional.

The manufacturer has appealed to the local distributors and pharmaceutical stores to cross-check their inventories and lot number. The manufacturer has also appealed to local distributors and health professionals to let consumers know about the recall and have also asked them to include the copy of the press release. The manufacturers have also appealed to pharmacists to put a printed copy of the press release in their pharmacy area. Reports of adverse reactions or anything related to the quality of the tablets could be reported to Qualitest at 1-800-444-4011; Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST.

The move is being welcomed by a wide range of consumers and as well as experts. The manufacturer has assured they will co-operate with the consumers and distributors to ensure that consumers are not adversely affected by  drug overdose.