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ETHEX Corporation Initiated Nationwide Voluntary Recalls of Specific Lots of Five Generic Products Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets
Date:11/7/2008

Propafenone HCl Tablets - 150 mg, 225 mg, and 300 mg

Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablets - 30 mg and 60 mg

Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets - 15 mg

Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets - 15 mg and 30 mg

Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tablets - 10 mg

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ETHEX Corporation announced today that it has voluntarily recalled to the consumer level specific lots of five generic /non-branded products that it markets. These lots have been recalled as a precaution, due to the possibility that they may contain oversized tablets. Oversized tablets may contain more than the intended levels of the active drug ingredient, which could result in patients receiving as much as about twice the expected dosage of these drugs.

Overdoses of Propafenone HCl, Isosorbide Mononitrate, Morphine sulfate and Dextroamphetamine Sulfate can have serious or life-threatening consequences. In the case of Propafenone HCl, these consequences can include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and low blood pressure. In the case of Isosorbide Mononitrate, these consequences can include fainting and low blood pressure. In the case of Morphine Sulfate, these consequences can include respiratory depression (difficulty or lack of breathing) and low blood pressure. In the case of Dextroamphetamine Sulfate, these consequences can include rapid heart rate and high blood pressure.

The lots involved in the recall were all shipped prior to May 22, 2008 and are as follows:

Propafenone HCl Tablets, 150 mg: Lots: 73761, 78184, 79373, 81240, 81241, 81242, 83470, 84357, 90525, and 90526 with expiration dates ranging from 3/2009 to 3/2011

Propafenone HCl Tablets, 225 mg: Lots: 71720, 74831, 76014-15, 81243- 45, 89731, 90527-29, and 90657 with expiration dates ranging from 3/2009 to 2/2011

Propafenone HCl Tablets, 300 mg: Lots: 72834, 76016-18, 81246, 89092, 89732, 90530, 90532, and 91641-42 with expiration dates ranging from 6/2009 to 3/2011

Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablets, 30 mg: Lots: 62355, 66423, and 68102 with expiration dates ranging from 11/2008 to 8/2009

Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablets, 60 mg: Lots: 63466, 66034, 67351, and 67354 with expiration dates ranging from 12/2008 to 11/2009

Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets, 15 mg: Lots: 81175, 82514-16, 89660, 89664, 89667, 90249-51, and 91687 with expiration dates ranging from 12/2008 to 2/2010

Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets, 15 mg: Lots: 77852-54, 81746, 82519-20, 84113, and 90276-78 with expiration dates ranging from 9/2009 to 1/2011

Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablets, 30 mg: Lots: 75093, 77855-57, 82297, 82521-22, 87239, 88925, and 90288-98 with expiration dates ranging from 8/2009 to 3/2011

Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tablets, 10 mg: Lots: 73934, 75892, 77945, 81137, 86320 with expiration dates ranging from 6/2009 to 5/2011

The 150 mg Propafenone Hydrochloride Tablets is a white, scored round film coated tablet with "ETH" on one side and "331" with a bisect on the reverse. The 225 mg Propafenone Hydrochloride Tablets is a white, scored round film coated tablet with "ETH" on one side and "332" with a bisect on the reverse. The 300 mg Propafenone Hydrochloride Tablets is a white, scored round film coated tablet with "ETH" on one side and "333" with a bisect on the reverse.

The 30 mg Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablet is an oval, reddish-pink, film-coated tablet with a debossed "E" bisecting "30" on one side and bisect on the other side. The 60 mg Isosorbide Mononitrate Extended Release Tablet is an oval, yellow film-coated tablet with a debossed "E" bisect "60" on one side and bisect on the other side.

The 15 mg Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablet is a green oval tablet with "15" on one side and an "E" on the reverse. The 15 mg Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablet is a round brown tablet with a "15" on one side and an "ETH" on the reverse. The 30 mg Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Tablet is a capsule shaped brown tablet with "30" on one side and an "ETHEX" on the reverse.

The 10 mg Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tablet is a round, flat-face, bevel edge, orange mottled tablet debossed "ETHEX" and "312" on one side and double- scored on the other side.

ETHEX Corporation has initiated recall notifications to wholesalers and retailers who have received any inventory of the recalled product lots with instructions for returning the recalled products. The notification also includes instructions for the retailers/pharmacies to contact consumers who were dispensed these drugs for replacement of the product and/or refund. If the wholesalers and retailers have not already done so, they are urged to contact the number below regarding procedures for returning the recalled products. If consumers have any questions about the recall, they should call the number listed below for customer inquiries, their physician, their pharmacist or other health care provider.

Consumers who experience any adverse reactions to these drugs should contact their physician and/or healthcare provider immediately.

Any customer inquiries related to this action should be addressed to ETHEX Customer Service at 1-800-748-1472, or fax to ETHEX Customer Service at 314- 646-3751 or sent via email to: customer-service@ethex.com with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time (CST).

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of these products, and/or quality problems may also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Safe Harbor

ETHEX Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KV Pharmaceutical Company, which we refer to as "KV" or the "Company". The information in this release may contain various forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA") and which may be based on or include assumptions concerning KV's operations, future results and prospects. Such statements may be identified by the use of words like "plans", "expect", "aim", "believe", "projects", "anticipates", "commit", "intend", "estimate", "will", "should", "could" and other expressions that indicate future events and trends.

All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risk and uncertainties. In connection with the "safe harbor" provisions, KV provides the following cautionary statements identifying important economic, competitive, political and technology factors, which among others, could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those set forth or implied by the forward-looking statements and related assumptions.

Such factors include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) changes in the current and future business environment, including interest rates and capital and consumer spending; (2) the difficulty of predicting FDA approvals, including timing, and that any period of exclusivity may not be realized; (3) acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products; (4) the impact of competitive products and pricing, including as a result of so-called authorized-generic drugs; (5) new product development and launch, including the possibility that any product launch may be delayed or that product acceptance may be less than anticipated; (6) reliance on key strategic alliances; (7) the availability of raw materials and/or products manufactured for the Company under contract manufacturing arrangements with third parties; (8) the regulatory environment, including regulatory agency and judicial actions and changes in applicable law or regulations; (9) fluctuations in revenues; (10) the difficulty of predicting international regulatory approval, including timing; (11) the difficulty of predicting the pattern of inventory movements by the Company's customers; (12) the impact of competitive response to the Company's sales, marketing and strategic efforts, including the introduction or potential introduction of generic or competing products against products sold by the Company and its subsidiaries; (13) risks that the Company may not ultimately prevail in litigation, including challenges to our intellectual property rights by actual or potential competitors or to our ability to market generic products due to brand company patents and challenges to other companies' introduction or potential introduction of generic or competing products by third parties against products sold by the Company or its subsidiaries including without limitation the litigation and claims referred to in Note 16 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008; (14) actions by the Internal Revenue Service with respect to the Company's stock option grants and accounting practices; (15) the possibility that KV's current estimates of the financial effect of certain product recalls, including the recall of the lots of Propafenone HCl tablets, Isosorbide ER tablets, Morphine Sulfate ER tablets, Morphine Sulfate IR tablets and Dextroamphetamine Sulfate tablets described above, could prove to be incorrect; (16) whether any product recalls, including the recall of the lots of Propafenone HCl tablets, Isosorbide ER tablets, Morphine Sulfate ER tablets, Morphine Sulfate IR tablets and Dextroamphetamine Sulfate tablets described above, result in litigation, agency action or material damages; (17) the possibility that the findings of the Audit Committee inquiry referenced in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, could have a material impact on the Company's financial results; (18) new product selection, development and launch; and (19) the risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This discussion is by no means exhaustive, but is designed to highlight important factors that may impact the Company's outlook. We are under no obligation to update nay of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release.


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