The Ritedose Corporation has recalled certain  single-dose vials of Albuterol  Inhalation Solution because of mislabeling that could lead to a possible overdose.

The recall includes 0.083% Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 3 mL (in 25-, 30-, and 60-unit dose vials) because the 2.5 mg/3 mL single-use vials are mislabeled as containing 0.5 mg/3 mL.

Symptoms of albuterol overdose include tremors, dizziness , nervousness, headache, seizures, angina, high blood pressure, low potassium levels, rapid heart rates up to 200 beats/minutes, and potentially death.

The recalled lot numbers are manufactured by The Ritedose Corporation under NDC: 0591-3797-83, 0591-3797-30, and 0591-3797-60.

They include: 0N81,0N82,0N83,0N84,0NE7,0NE8,0NE9,0NF0,0P12,0P13,0P46,0P47,0PF0 ,0S15

Those with questions should contact the company at 803-935-3995 Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm EST or send an e-mail to recall@ritedose.com.

My take:

Each day millions of people take medications that have very serious side effects and in some cases that side effect is death.  Most people have taken Advil or Excederin at some point unaware that these drugs called NSAIDs are associated with over 15,000 deaths each year.  There are the drugs that are taken off the market each year because they cause serious side effects and death.

Should we abolish drugs all together?

Of course not, that would be a perfect example of throwing the baby out with the bath water.  Medications have their place, but with anything you should know the risks prior to starting a medication.  As we all know, pharmaceutical companies are masters of marketing.  Who wouldn’t want to take a drug after watching one of these commercials.  I can’t help but laugh as I hear the litany of side effects that are rattled off at the end of a drug commercial, but they deliver this message so softly with scene that is emotionally appealing playing in the background.  If these commercials actually showed a visual representation of the side effects their running through it would have more impact and people might give more consideration to these side effects.