More than 39,000 packets of a painkiller drug manufactured by Wockhardt in Britain are reported to be of stronger strengths than displayed on the labels, the British drug regulatory agency said.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) revealed that a 40,000-packets strong batch of Co-codamol, a painkiller drug that contains both paracetamol and codeine, may be stronger than the strengths displayed on the labels.
The agency revealed that some of the 8mg/500mg packs may actually have 30mg/500mg tablets, leading to fears of overdosing of the drug among unsuspecting users. The MHRA has said that people who find the faulty packets can return it to their pharmacist and ask for replacement.
"If you have a packet of the affected medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will replace it. If you think you have taken the wrong strength tablet, and in the unlikely event that you feel unwell, speak to your pharmacist or GP promptly", MHRA Head of Defective Medicines Report Centre, Ian Holloway said.