US recall triggers warning about children’s cold medicines

The Government Analyst Food and Drug Department is advising against the use of a number of children’s and infant’s over-the-counter liquid medicines manufactured in the United States, following their recall.

Last Saturday, McNeil Consumer Health Care, in consultation with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), voluntarily recalled the medicines, including Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl. The recall was reportedly initiated because some of the products may not have met the required quality standard. Some of the products are reported to contain higher concentration of active ingredients than is specified, while others may contain inactive ingredients that do not meet the testing requirements. The complete list of the products recalled numbers close to fifty bottles of Children’s and Infant’s medicines.

In an advisory, Food and Drug Department Director Marilyn Collins said while the potential for serious medical problems is remote, consumers should desist from using the medicines as a precaution. She said a healthcare worker should be consulted if a child was recently treated with any of the recalled products and is experiencing unexpected symptoms.

Collins called on importers, distributors, wholesalers, pharmacy proprietors, patent shop proprietors, health care providers and consumers to make contact with the department on telephone number 222-8857 or at the IAST Building, University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus.

The medicines recalled were distributed in the US; Canada; Dominican Republic; Dubai; Fiji; Guam; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; Panama; Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait.

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