Johnson and Johnson Company stated that is recalled 12 million bottles of Motrin brand painkillers. Other products manufactured by Novartis, including Excedrin, No Doz, Gas-X and Bufferin products were recalled by the FDA today with the explanation that the over the counter OTC’s may contain other products with risks of different or opposite side effects. These drugs are manufactured by Novartis.
The recall effects all of these medications in Montana and at Montana Pharmacies with the expiration dates of 12/20/2014 and sooner and Gas-X and Bufferin products with expirations dates of 12/20/2013. Fox News has reported that some of these medications include powerful prescription painkillers. You should inspect any of these medications for miss-matched color or size of pills.
The actual number of pills recalled by Novartis here in Montana or throughout the country has not been disclosed. The company has stated there is no safety issue only that the product may contain other medicine with different side effects. These are common items sold over-the-counter here in Montana Stores, Kalispell, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Whitefish at outlets such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Smiths and other Montana Pharmacies. Any store that sells over the counter (OTC) medications here in Montana are affected.
Montana Law provides strict liability for non-confirming over the counter (OTC) medications. A family with a 2 year old son died after being given a batch of the liquid Tylenol. The child died because the medicine was in the highly concentrated form causing liver failure. The family has filed a lawsuit for wrongful death.
Moreover, under Montana Law a pharmacy is strictly liable for dispensing the wrong medication. When purchasing over-the-counter medication (OTC) you should consult with the pharmacist about the medication and whether it is affected by any of the many recalls. The problems resulted from a manufacturing plant in Lincoln Nebraska. This is a nationwide recall, which affects all of us here in Montana.
While the company Novartis claims that no injuries have been “confirmed”, if you believe you have taken a recalled product here in Montana, and you or your child is suffering from side effects you should seek medical attention. “This is a very dangerous situation for Montanans” stated food poisoning and bad drug attorney Scott Anderson from Anderson & Bliven P.C . Trial Attorneys. Anderson & Bliven has provided experienced legal services in the areas of bad drug injuries and food poisoning. Our Attorneys are focused on Montanans. While not “confirmed” one death has already been reported. The number of related illnesses or side effects right here in Montana may be enormous, but not severe enough to result in severe illness.
However in some situations, particularly concerning children who have compromised immune systems or cannot tolerate adult doses of a bad drug can be disastrous. FDA officials warned that some of the medications might contain powerful painkillers including “Percocet, Endocet and Zydone. “ This could be deadly for infants and small children right here in Montana. The danger is increased even more, since there are reports of mislabeling of the concentration levels of these bad drugs, which are sitting on the shelves of Montana Stores around the State.
If you suspect you or a family member have suffered injury as a result of one of these recalled products after seeking medical attention, Anderson & Bliven, Montana, bad drug attorneys and food poisoning attorneys located right here in Montana can help. We can put you in touch with local health officials and pursue Justice for you and your family.
In these tough economic times a trip to the emergency room could easily run thousands of dollars. We also work with health care providers, including in Kalispell, Whitefish, Great Falls, Billings and other providers throughout Montana to get the bills paid by the drug companies who’s negligence caused illness, death and other economic damages such as the medical bills.
Montana Law also provides an independent cause of action for “serious and severe” emotional distress. Wages v. First National Insurance. Close family members of those who are injured may also have a claim under Montana Law.
Anderson & Bliven, Montana Injury Attorneys, focuses on obtaining full and fair compensation for victims resulting from the carelessness of the drug companies and large food corporations. Last year Novartis reported over 50 billion dollars in sales. “In my experience as a Montana Products Liability Attorney, this is likely the tip of the iceberg. I would expect further recalls to come.”
The Personal Injury Lawyers at Anderson & Bliven care about Montanans. We have been providing legal services right here in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Billings and all throughout Montana for 18 years. We would prefer to prevent any bad drug injury or damages and therefore issue the following NOTICE:
WARNING: WHEN PURCHASING OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION, HAVE THE PHARMACIST CHECK THE PACKAGE FOR THE LATEST RECALL INFORMATION. BEFORE TAKING OR GIVING ANY OF THE RECALLED MEDICINES TO ANY FAMILY MEMBER CALL YOUR PHARMACIST.
The above two recalls mentioned in this article involving Montana Bad Drugs, sold Over-the-Counter medications are a part of a string of OTC recalls affecting Montanans. While there are drug recall hotlines, the situation continues to evolve as more drugs and companies become implicated and the number and amount of dangerous products shipped to Montana has yet to be determined. Children in Montana are particularly susceptible in that Montana is a rural area, the bad drugs may be in the medicine cabinet, or the local quick mart, and the concentrations may cause serious injury and death. It is less likely that the quick marts such as the Town Pump in my home town Columbia Falls will have equal information as a store with a pharmacist. While I make no claim that Town Pump or any other gas station quick mart have not taken the recalled items off the shelf, the fact is the pharmacies have up to date computer information from the FDA that can be accessed immediately in the event the recalls either spread or increase in numbers.
The list of recalls as of today, may be found on the FDA website. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/DrugRecalls/default.htm
Written by food poisoning and bad drug attorney Scott L. Anderson. Mr. Anderson is a member of the law firm of Anderson & Bliven P.C., Montana Accident, Injury and Disability Attorneys. Montana Personal Injury Lawyers. We can help!