A cough medicine recall by nine major stores including H.E.B., Sunmark, Rite-Aid, Topcare, Kroger, GoodSense, Dollar General, Care One and CVS involves children’s cough medicine. The nationwide recall of generic children’s cough syrup was initiated after it was discovered that incorrectly marked dosage cups could lead to dangerous overdoses in children.
The cough medicine recall is for the children’s guaifenesin grape liquid and children’s guaifenesin DM cherry liquid, according to a January 13 CNN report. Both are being sold in 4 ounce bottles and both include a small measuring plastic cup that is labeled incorrectly.
On its website, Perrigo announced the children’s cough medicine recall with the following explanation:
“Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE) announced today that, following the recent recall of certain dosing cups by its supplier, it has initiated a voluntary product recall in the US to the retail level of 2 batches of its children’s guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and 3 batches of its children’s guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextromethorphan HBr/ 5 ml) sold in 4 oz. bottles with dosage cup in a box under the store brand products listed below. This recall is being initiated because some packages contain an oral dosing cup with incorrect dose markings.”
Perrigo says that so far there have been no reports of adverse events to Perrigo as a result of the incorrect dosage markings. However, parents are urged to check their medicine cabinet for any of the above cough medicines. The expiration date of the recalled cough medicine is March 2017 or August 2017.
Symptoms of a potential overdose can include hyperexcitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor and coma. Other side effects can include nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression and even death.
“Consumers that have product with the corresponding labels and batch numbers listed below should discard the dosing device and product and may call Perrigo, toll free, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST, at 1-888-345-0479, or visit mucusreliefrecall.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, or if they or their children experience any problem that could possibly be related to this drug product,” writes Perrigo in regard to the children’s cough medicine recall.