Master Herbs Inc., based in Pomona, is recalling its Licorice Coughing Liquid packaged in 100 ml bottles because they contain morphine – an opioid pain medication not listed in the syrup’s label, CBS Local reported. The label of the medication is printed in Chinese and English.
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The Pomona company revealed that the cough syrups were produced in China but it distributes them in the US. A manager with Master Herbs who does not want his name to be in print revealed his company was not aware of the inclusion of morphine in the drug until this was brought to its notice, and that the small amount contained in the product is perfectly safe; adding that morphine is commonly used in China on daily basis.
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.
“We tend to avoid handing out narcotics to people because we see the outcomes of it. In a cough syrup, our specific concern is respiratory depression, apnea and symptoms that can lead to seizures and possibly death,” said Lisa McAfee, an osteopathic physician.
McAfee said it is best to obtain cough syrup prescription from licensed pharmacists and family doctors so as to be on the safe side with what the drugs might contain. This is all the more necessary because a doctor should be aware of possible drug interactions and how given drugs might impact on underlying conditions before they are prescribed to patients.
Master Herbs released a press release warning that kids suffering from respiratory conditions should avoid morphine or any opioid.
The herbs company stated that no adverse response to the morphine in the cough syrup had been reported yet. Master Herbs distributes the syrup in California, Illinois, Ohio, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Nevada among others.