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September 9, 1999

Asthma Medication "Albuterol Metered-Dose Inhaler" Recalled

Reno, NV  (SafetyAlerts) - Warrick Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Schering-Plough of Madison NJ is recalling one lot of albuterol metered-dose inhaler aerosol 17g, a prescription medication for the treatment of asthma, because the affected lots may not actually contain the medication.

The affected medication can be identified by the code 9-BBS-525 on the container.  The lot number and expiration date appear on either the top or bottom flaps of the package and on the canister label.   No other lots are affected. The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the FDA.

Warrick is advising that the matter should be considered serious and one that merits immediate attention.

According to a pharmacist in Rochester, Michigan, absence of Albuterol in the product could make it ineffectual in preventing asthma attacks.

There have been no reported medical adverse events related to the recalled lot.  The cause of the problem has been identified as an isolated mechanical failure during filling of the subject lot, and corrected.

The company estimates that as few as 150 units out of a production run of 190,000 units may be affected.

Consumers with questions or concerns about the product should contact Warrick toll free at 1-877-278-3045.

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