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‘Gas Station Heroin’ Has Been Recalled

gas-station-2665795_640-e1707435989733Due to severe health risks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against buying or using tianeptine products like Neptune’s Fix. Tianeptine supplements are commonly sold at convenience stores and gas stations under the name Neptune’s Fix. The drug tianeptine has not been approved for medical use in this country, though it is prescribed as an antidepressant in other countries. Synthetic pot was also found in supplements. On January 29, 2024, Neptune’s Fix was recalled after federal officials determined the supplements include an unapproved antidepressant drug that can increase the chances of consumers suffering severe side effects such as seizures, suicidal behavior, overdoses, and loss of consciousness, and potentially fatal prescription drug interactions. Tianeptine is also called gas station heroin because it operates on opioid receptors.. If you were harmed by gas station heroin, you should call the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group.

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Neptune’s Fix is marketed as a dietary supplement to improve brain function, anxiety, depression, pain, and opioid use disorders, though it isn’t approved for medical use in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted an uptick in serious side effects associated with the supplement; poison control centers had received notification of 151 tianeptine exposures in 2020. Earlier, the FDA had asked gas stations and convenience stores to stop selling the product. In November, the FDA had also warned consumers not to buy Neptune’s Fix or other tianeptine products calling it a potentially dangerous drug that was illegally sold and marketed as providing improvements to brain function, pain, anxiety, depression, and opioid use disorder.

More recently, the FDA announced that the company voluntarily agreed to recall three Neptune’s Fix products: Neptune’s Fix Elixir, Neptune’s Fix Extra Strength Elixir, and Neptune’s Fix Tablets.

When a product like Neptune’s Fix causes serious injuries or death, it may be appropriate to bring a product lawsuit against the manufacturer for damages. These lawsuits can be pursued when the product is defective in terms of its manufacturing, design, or marketing. Marketing defects are often failure to warn claims—they are pursued when warning labels are inadequate and therefore a consumer is injured. Since the antidepressant ingredient in Neptune’s Fix is not legal in the United States and another ingredient may be synthetic pot, it seems most likely that the product has design defects, or flaws in how it was formulated that make it unreasonably dangerous to consumers. In most cases, it’s necessary to retain an expert to look at a product liability claim and determine what defects it has and whether they caused you harm.

We may be able to hold manufacturers under theories of liability such as negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, or breach of contract; each state has its own rules.

If you suffered injuries or a loved one died due to Neptune’s Fix or another tianeptine product, you should discuss your injuries and what happened with the seasoned Chicago-based trial lawyers of Moll Law Group. We are based in Chicago, but we represent injured plaintiffs and grieving families across the country. Please complete our online form or call us at 312.462.1700.


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