OKLAHOMA – A woman looking for relief ended up in the middle of a medicine mix-up.
Now, the manufacturer is investigating how it happened.
The big concern is that Amber Johnson’s over-the-counter medicine was sealed with the wrong pills inside.
She bought the medicine at the Mustang Walmart, where she shops all the time.
When she needed it Tuesday morning, the crushed pills inside were not what she was expecting.
Johnson calls it nothing short of bizarre.
“[There was] nothing wrong the box or bottle, completely sealed, the glue’s sealed, the silver foil on the top was still sealed, just like any of the previous bottle I’ve purchased before,” Johnson said.
That’s why she was shocked to find what looks like a chopped up antacid in the bottle, instead of the little green tablet that’s shown on the label.
So, she called the manufacturer.
“Once they transferred me to the manufacturer, they asked me several questions, got the information on the box, and they seemed about as shocked as I did,” Johnson said.
The crushed white pills say TUMS, a brand name medicine that isn’t even manufactured at the same plant as the Equate pills.
“It doesn’t make sense that a pill that’s not made at that plant can be put in the bottle, unless it was brought in by some outside source, otherwise I have no idea… A joke? A prank?” Johnson said.
Maybe a disgruntled employee?
Johnson has no idea, but if other people shopped the same aisle she did, she’s hoping they take a closer look too.
“I know that sometimes medicines change manufacturers and they may change shapes or forms, I’m not sure some people would think before they put it in their mouth before taking it, especially if they’re not feeling well,” Johnson said.
Johnson called the manager at Walmart, who said he’d take all the bottles off the shelves while the company tries to figure out what happened.
She’ll send the bottle off to the manufacturer this week.