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UK Medicines Regulator Urges Caution Over Rogue Co-Codamol Tablets

People who take a well-known painkiller are being asked to check their medication as the wrong strength of tablet could be inside their blister pack.

 

Some packs in one batch of co-codamol 8mg/500mg strength tablets manufactured by Wockhardt UK Ltd have been found to contain the higher strength co-codamol 30mg/500mg product. The issue seems to have been a result of a manufacturing error but this is still being looked into.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today issued a drug alert to healthcare professionals.

People can identify the different strengths by checking their markings. The 8mg/500mg tablets are marked on one-side only as <AB> with the higher strength 30mg/500mg tablets marked on one side as CCD30 and marked as CP on the second side.

The batch number is LL11701 with an expiry date of September 2014. The batch was first distributed on 30 December 2011 and packs contain 32 tablets. These details can be found on the product packaging. There are 39,456 packs in the batch but only 38,929 packs have been distributed to pharmacists and wholesalers for onward sale in the UK.

Ian Holloway, MHRA Head of Defective Medicines Report Centre said,

If you have a packet of the affected medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will replace it. If you think you have taken the wrong strength tablet, and in the unlikely event that you feel unwell, speak to your pharmacist or GP promptly.

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