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Theraflu Recall 2012 Important Announcement

theraflu recall 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of roughly 2.3 million units of Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups and Triaminic Syrups. The manufacturer of these syrups, Parsippany, New Jersey’s Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., is fully cooperating with the voluntary recall, which mainly involves the child-proof caps.

Over two million bottles of Triaminic and Theraflu have been recalled because of the caps, which allow for easy removal by a child even when the tamper-evident seal is in its unaltered condition. This renders the cap a choking hazard, and, more importantly, allows the child access to the medication. The syrup includes diphenhydramine and acetaminophen, both of which are required to be sealed within child-proof packaging, according to the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

So far, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received reports of 12 children breaking through the “child-proof” packaging on Triaminic and Theraflu bottles. Four of these children ingested the medication, and one required medical attention as a result.

Identifying Recalled Theraflu and Triaminic Products

The primary products involved in the Theraflu recall include Theraflu Warming Relief and Triaminic syrups, both of which are intended to treat mild fevers, colds and coughs. The full list of affected products is provided below:

  • Theraflu® Warming Relief Flu and Sore Throat, 8.3 oz.
  • Theraflu® Daytime Warming Relief Severe Cold and Cough, 8.3 oz.
  • Theraflu® Daytime/Nighttime Severe Cold & Cough Value Pack
  • Theraflu® Nighttime Warming Relief Severe Cold and Cough, 8.3 oz.
  • Theraflu® Warming Relief Cold and Chest Congestion, 8.3 oz.
  • Theraflu® Warming Relief Sinus and Cold, 8.3 oz.
  • Triaminic® Chest and Nasal Congestion, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Cold and Allergy, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Cough and Sore Throat, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Day Time Cold and Cough, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Daytime/Nighttime Cold & Cough Club Pack
  • Triaminic® Daytime/Nighttime Cold & Cough Combo Pack
  • Triaminic® Dye-free Long Acting Cough, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Bubblegum, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Grape, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Infant Bubblegum, 2 oz.
  • Triaminic® Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Infant Grape, 2 oz.
  • Triaminic® Multi Symptom Fever, 3.4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Multi Symptom Fever, 4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Night Time Cold and Cough, 3.4 oz.
  • Triaminic® Night Time Cold and Cough, 4 oz.

If you’re not sure whether your product is affected by the recall, reference the lot number or National Drug Code (NDC) found on the packaging against the list of affected products, linked above. Lot numbers can be found on the bottom panel of the packaging. NDC numbers can be found in the upper-left portion of a Theraflu bottle, and in the upper-right portion of the front panel on a Triaminic box.

The affected products were sold at club stores, drug stores, grocery stores, gas stations and more from May 2010 until December 2011. If you’re at all unsure as to whether the product was purchased within this time frame, carefully check the NDC and/or lot number.

What to Do with Recalled Triaminic and Theraflu Products

If you have one of the recalled Theraflu or Triaminic products in your medicine cabinet, stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer for a full refund, which should be approximately $5 per product. Novartis Consumer Healthcare can be reached at 866-553-6742, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to midnight EST.

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