Drug Error Alert: Over-the-Counter Drugs May Be Mixed with Prescriptions

According to a report from MSNBC, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines may have been mixed with prescription painkillers. Cases of defective drugs can cause serious health problems, which may entitle you to compensation. The problem comes from a manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, which was closed down last month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers that OTC medicines, such as:

  • Gas-X;
  • Bufferin;
  • NoDoz;
  • Excedrin; and
  • others, may have been mixed up with painkillers.

The manufacturing plant, Novartis AG, produces opioids such as:

  • Opana;
  • Percocet;
  • Zydone; and
  • Endocet.

Those prescriptions are not being recalled. However, a recall of certain OTC medicines has been issued due to possible contamination by these powerful painkillers. Distributors and retailers have been notified of the recall. Consumers can find additional information at the Novartis product update website.  When drugs are mixed, it can lead to a consumer taking a strength that is too low or too high. Additionally, it could cause an allergic reaction or result in an overdose. When you or a loved one has been the victim of a drug error and it leads to serious or fatal consequences, compensation may be available. Seek help from a New York defective drugs law firm to learn what options are available and how you can protect your rights.

Contacting a New York Defective Drugs Law Firm

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one because of a defective drug you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York defective drug law firm can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a defective drug claim is right for you. At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of lawyers that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your defective drug claim, contact us today– 1-800-246-4878.

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