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US recalls painkiller

13th November 2006

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling 11 million bottles of generic acetominophen - also known as paracetamol - because they may contain metal fragments.

The painkillers were sold under store brands by Wal-Mart, CVS, Safeway and more than 120 other major retailers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or illness.

The contaminated pills included metal fragments ranging in size from "microdots" to portions of wire one-third of an inch long, the FDA said, but declined to give further details.

Manufacturers Perrigo discovered the metal bits - after quality-control checks on its plant equipment - in roughly 200 pills of the 70 million it passed through a metal detector.

While the risk of serious injury is thought to be remote, consumers who take any of the contaminated pills could have minor stomach discomfort or possible cuts to the mouth and throat.

Acetaminophen, along with aspirin and ibuprofen, is one of the most widely used pain relievers available without a prescription.

The recall does not affect Tylenol, and the recall should not affect supply of the drug, officials said.


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Title: US recalls painkiller
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1066
Date Added: 13th Nov 2006

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