Ben Venue Laboratories, an Ohio-based company that has been plagued with quality and safety issues, is now recalling a drug called acetylcysteine. The inhaled drug solution, which is most often delivered via a nubulizer, is used to treat chronic bronchitis, COPD, some cancers, Tylenol overdoses, epilepsy and carbon monoxide poisoning. Ben Venue is recalling a lot of the drug because a glass particle was found in one of the vials. There is a strong potential for the product to be life threatening because inhaling glass particles can result in airway obstruction, choking, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood and ultimately, it can cause infection. Patients, who have received the drug marked with lot number 2005479 and an expiration date of March 2014, should return the affected drug to their pharmacist or call GENCO Pharmaceutical Services at 1-800-633-1422.
Stories like this one may cause you to think twice or take caution in the type of drugs that you consume. However, it is hard to do this when harmful drug consumption, such as tiny glass particles, may be invisible to the naked eye. Therefore, consumers should be able to rely on a company's quality check program to take proactive steps to protect the public at large. Luckily, Ben Venue has recalled its affected drug lot before any injury reports have been made.
Drug safety is at the forefront of our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Please contact our knowledgeable products liability attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.
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