Company recalls over-the-counter cough syrup after realizing it contained morphine

Company recalls over-the-counter cough syrup after realizing it contained morphine

A California-based distributor of Chinese herb medicines is voluntarily recalling all lots of the Licorice Coughing liquid cough syrup as the product was detected to contain a morphine ingredient.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sounding alarms after an herbal cough remedy sold throughout the US was found to contain morphine.

Medical and health experts at the Pomona Valley Hospital advise against taking supplements with compounds not regulated by the FDA, saying such substances such as morphine could be injurious to health.

Consumers who purchased the product and are using it, are ingesting the morphine without knowledge, according to the recall alert. The unware ingestion of morphine can lead to life-threatening respiratory depression and death. To this date Master Herbs, Inc.is not aware of adverse events associated with use of the product.

The company also provides the contact details for any query regarding this recall to consumers.

Master Herbs released a press release warning that kids suffering from respiratory conditions should avoid morphine or any opioid.

Master Herbs' Licorice Coughing Liquid is sold at Chinese grocery stores across California, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio. No one has reported a bad reaction so far, but officials are recommending that anyone who bought the product to stop using it and return it. Likewise, the FDA advised retailers and wholesalers to "quarantine any remaining inventory and make arrangements to return the product". Allergic reactions are also possible.

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