The painkiller ‘Endone’ has been recalled across the country after a strip of another drug – Anamorph – was found in a packet last Friday.

Anamorph 30 mg tablets (containing morphine) is four times more powerful than Endone 5mg, and when combined with the latter, could result in overdose and serious health risks.

While the product names were correctly printed on the back of the blister sheet, the tablets and the blisters are a similar size, shape and colour, which increases the risk of inadvertently taking the wrong medicine.

Before taking any tablets from the affected batch of Endone 5 mg, patients should visually inspect blister sheets to ensure they contain the correct medicine.

As a further precautionary measure, pharmacists are also being asked to visually inspect the contents of packets of Endone 5 mg tablets from the affected batch to ensure they are correct before dispensing.

(Source: Australian Government Department Of Health – Therapeutic Goods Administration)