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KV Pharma Recalling Vitamins, Iron Supplements

Drug maker is issuing its fourth product recall in about three months because some of its prescription prenatal and iron supplements were made under unsatisfactory conditions.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- KV Pharmaceutical Co. is issuing its fourth product recall in about three months because some of its prescription prenatal and iron supplements were made under unsatisfactory conditions.

Late Tuesday, KV said it is voluntarily pulling dozens of prescription iron supplements and prenatal vitamin capsules and tablets because the products were made under conditions that didn't comply with industry standards. The recall includes products made by its Ther-Rx and Ethex divisions.

A full list of the recalled Ther-Rx products can be seen at http://www.ethex.com/news/pressRelease020309_expan ded.aspx. Products recalled by Ethex can be viewed at http://www.ther-rx.com/pressRelease020309.aspx.

The company also extended a recall of five drugs made by Ethex, KV's generic business. Those drugs, along with dozens of others, were recalled last week at the wholesale level because of manufacturing problems. The new recall extends to the retail level.

In afternoon trading, KV shares lost 10 cents, or 13.9 percent, to 62 cents.

KV has issued four spates of product recalls since Nov. 7, citing manufacturing problems and accidentally oversized pills. On Jan. 26, the company recalled most of its products, and stopped its manufacturing and shipping operations. It warned that the Food and Drug Administration might choose to investigate or file charges.

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