Baby Aspirin Recalled Over Acetaminophen Mix-Up


Courtesy: FDA

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A major medication mix-up prompted the nationwide recall Friday of 16,440 bottles of baby aspirin.

Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. issued a recall of its Rugby label Enteric Coated Aspirin, 81-mg tablets, after a CVS pharmacist discovered a bottle filled with 500- milligram acetaminophen pills, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration.

Doctors often prescribe low-dose aspirin to patients at a high risk for heart attack or stroke.

Low-dose aspirin is also commonly given to patients following surgery to prevent clotting.

Taking acetaminophen, often sold under the brand name Tylenol,¬†at a high dose “may cause severe liver damage to those who take other drugs containing acetaminophen, consumers who take¬†three or more alcoholic drinks every day, or those who have liver disease,” according to the FDA.

Consumers who purchased bottles with a lot no. 13A026 and expiration date of January, 2015 were asked to immediately discontinue use and return the medicine to the pharmacy or store where it was bought.

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