Powerful Painkiller Found In Wrong Packaging

A nationwide quarantine has been issued for 5mg Aspen Pharma Endone after another medication that is four times stronger was found in a packet.

The prescription drug has been pulled from shelves after a sleeve of Anamorph was found inside one of its packets.

The sleeve of 30mg Anamorph, which is four times stronger, was found on July 26 in South Australia.

The Department of Health's Therapeutic Good Administration told 10 daily a quarantine notice was issued to all State and Territory health departments for a recall.

"The quarantine action suspends further supply and distribution pending further investigation," a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.

The quarantine notice is a "precautionary" measure.

The TGA said it was not aware that the drug Anamorph had been consumed by anyone.

An investigation into the incident has been launched by the drug manufacturer, Aspen Pharma.