Ethex Corporation has expanded their voluntary recall of morphine sulfate tablets to both 30 mg and 60 mg doses and additional lots of both doses. We reported a previous recall of a single lot of 60 mg tablets on June 11, 2008. There is a potential problem that some tablets may be oversized and may contain as much as twice the dose of morphine on the label.
No oversized tablets have been found in any of the additional lots now being recalled, but because the problem discovered in one lot, Ethex is taking extra precautions to ensure patient safety.
The 60 mg tablet is a white oval with “60″ on one side and “E” on the other. The 30 mg tablets are pink with “30″ on one side and “E” on the reverse.
Although there have been no reports of serious problems due to overdoses, the possibility exists for respiratory distress and very low blood pressure if too much morphine is taken.