Ethex Morphine Recall due to risk of Morphine Overdose

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted June 11, 2008


A nationwide Ethex morphine recall was issued yesterdat for 60 mg extended release morphine sulfate tablets. It was discovered that certain pills sold may contain up to double the appropriate medication and be twice as thick as normal. The recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Ethex morphine lawsuits for individuals who suffered a morphine overdose or death while taking the medication.

>>FDA LINK: Ethex Morphine Sulfate Recall

According to the manufacturer, one lot of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets (lot number 91762) distributed between April 16, 2008 and April 27, 2008 may contain defective pills. They were commercially released throughout the United States under an “ETHEX” label, with white oval pills.

Morphine is a highly potent opiate analgesic drug. Exposure to too much of the drug could cause a morphine overdose, with potentially fatal consequences. Double strength morphine side effects could include:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Lack of Breathing
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Death

According to Ethex Corporation, the morphine recall only applies to the one lot of 65 mg tablets, and other strengths or lots were apparently not impacted. However, no information has been provided to explain how they know that the quality check failures that allowed tablets with double the morphine to be sold, did not extend to other lots.

Less than 60 days ago, Actavis Totowa issued a Digitek recall after they discovered that manufacturing problems also allowed tablets to be sold with double the active pharmaceutical ingredient and double the appropriate thickness. However, that recall was issued for all lots of the medication, since reports surfaced about possible side effects which could be linked to the double strength tablets as early as 2006.


Any users of Ethex morphine sulfate who are concerned about their medication should contact their doctor or pharmacist. Unfortunately, most users of the drug are likely to be very ill, with reduced strength and energy. As a result, they may not realize that their medication is overweight or oversized.

For those who have experienced a severe physical injury or death as a result of a morphine overdose after taking the medication, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations to review the legal rights which may be available. Any unused Ethex morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets from lot number 91762 should be stored and marked so that they are not taken in the future. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

11 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • SUSAN says:

    What abuot those of us who were unable to get our refills and ended up getting very, VERY sick. I was unable to get a substitute drug. New NO ONE in this city…just moved here. I became VERY ill and nearly went to the ER.

    Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:51 pm

  • Kim says:

    My sister was one of these people that this drug caused her death. PLEASE DONT TAKE THIS MEDICATION ! She was taken from her family on June 6, 2008.

    Posted on February 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm

  • Brian says:

    Dont take this med ethex morphine without checking for the lot number first !

    Posted on February 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm

  • jim says:

    my god daughter’s step dad has just committed suicide becase he was off his tits on morphine. He had taken the drug before and had never presented depressed or suicidal. There can be no other cause for his unpradictable behaviour other than he was so high and out of reality and control. Morphine can help with physical pain but should never be used for R&R.

    Posted on May 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

  • marilyn says:

    We just had a very close friend pass away at my home because of this drug!!! He passed on 1-1-10 after a great night with usa and his daughter now she lost her daddy and for what!? please look at all your meds and dont take this drug!!!! Its not worth your life no matter what!

    Posted on January 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm

  • brenda says:

    I just recently stopped taking morphine sulfate i had major withdrawal symptoms deppresion anxiet suicidal thoughts

    Posted on January 25, 2010 at 9:18 am

  • steve says:

    I Just Got Off the morf 60s last month but the other doc at the clinic wants to put me back on them I have an app. today I told the reg. doc I thought yhe morf 60s were turning on me.

    Posted on January 26, 2010 at 8:06 am

  • Patricia says:

    I went through an overdose from Morphine 60’s. I could not breathe, my heart raced and i ended up in jail! I am an upstanding citizen but now my reputation is damaged. I did not know what caused this until I recieved a letter from my pharmacy.

    Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

  • jim says:

    I was percribed this very drug by this very company. I was also given a batch that was recalled it was msir (instant release morphine) 30mg, they messed up and put double the dose in. As consumers we have to be responsible, these drugs HELP many many more people than they hurt. No company is perfect, they make thousands of pills a day of course an unfortunate mistake will happen. It happens with almost every drug at some point. I am sorry for those who lost someone but you cant blame morphine or ethex corp. Remember everyone had the choice to take the medication or not and were explained the risked at least twice, the doctor and the pharmacy. to anyone who says they woulent take the drug because of this do you remember in the early 80’s the tylenol capsules with Cynide in them. they never figured out what hapened to this day, yet i’m sure most of you still take tylenol. also double the dose in an opiate tolerent person is usually barley noticable in effect. for it to kill them they would have noticed it was too strong and then shouldent have taken any more and called the doctor if the patient cant even tell then its certainly not very probable it would kill them with repeat dosing, even at double strenght. stop running to the lawyers when something happens its called life.

    Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

  • Shelly says:

    My father was perscribed this medication on june,12,2008 the 30mg one, he past away on june,17,2008, #1 cause of death, Over dose of Morphine, His pills where at least 3 to 4 times the does they should have been. We did not recive a recal letter from ethex or his pharm about his medication untill september,24,2008., I am the youngest of 8 siblings and i have put my all into getting justice fo my father, Im sorrybut is it that easy for you (jim) to jus brush this off like no big deal that its normal and ok for big drug manufactors to just make mistakes and take the lives of people, maybe when the shoes on the other foot you will see things from a diff light, Im sorry for you to see things like this as normal everyday life…

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 3:14 am

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