Endo Pharmaceuticals recalls 2 lots of painkiller

CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) — Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. said Friday that it has recalled two lots of the painkiller Endocet, after some bottles were found to contain tablets that had a higher dosage of acetaminophen than was indicated on the label.

The error could result in people taking more acetaminophen than they intend, which could cause liver damage, especially for those who have more than three alcoholic drinks a day, have liver dysfunction or take other medicine that contains acetaminophen.

No injuries have been reported so far.

Patients can detect the incorrect pills because they are large oval-shaped tablets, marked “E797” on one side and “10” on the other. The correct pills for the labeled bottles are smaller, capsule-shaped tablets marked “E712” on one side and “10/325” on the other.

The recall affects pills with an expiration date of 2014 that were distributed to wholesalers between April 19 and May 10 in 18 states including California, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Illinois.

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