Albuterol inhalers

Warrick Pharmaceuticals of Niles, Ill., is recalling 190,000 prescription albuterol inhalers used to fight asthma attacks because one patient discovered the inhaler he bought was empty.

The company said a production error allowed fewer than 150 inhalers to slip through without being filled.

The recalled inhalers bear the lot number 9-BBS-525 on the box and on the cannister's label, and show an August 2001 expiration date. Pharmacies nationwide sold the inhalers from late April through September 1999 for about $18.

Patients who have a recalled inhaler can return it to the drugstore of purchase for a free replacement.

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