Kroger Is Pulling These Popular OTC Pain Remedies Off Shelves

Most of us rely on drugstore chains like Walgreens or CVS when it comes to buying prescription drugs, but for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, the options are much broader. From popular pain relievers to allergy relievers, Kroger has a wide range of medications you may need. But if you’ve purchased pills from any retailer owned by this company in the past year, you’ll want to know more about several recent drug recalls that have affected Kroger. Read on to find out which OTC pain relievers have just been taken off the shelves.

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The medication you take is designed to help you, but it’s important to stay up to date on any recalls that affect items in your medicine cabinet.

In April, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Pfizer had voluntarily withdrawn five batches of Accupril, which is a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure. The recall came after tests found elevated levels of nitrosamine — or Nnitroso-quinapril, a potential cancer-causing agent — in the medication.

Just this month, the FDA posted an alert about a voluntary recall by Green Pharmaceuticals Inc. for certain SnoreStop NasoSpray products. According to the agency, tests revealed that at least one batch of the nasal spray had been contaminated with providence rettgeri bacteria.

Now, a few recalls are happening at the same time — and the medication involved is something you’re likely to have at home.

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If you’ve purchased any over-the-counter drugs from Kroger – or from other retailers under the Kroger Co. – maybe you want to check your vials. On June 16, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that three Kroger-branded pain relievers had been recalled. Time-Cap Labs recalled about 210,000 units of its 300-count vials of Kroger Aspirin and 160-count vials of Kroger Ibuprofen, while Aurohealth recalled about 25,660 units of its 225-count vials of Kroger Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen.

All three pain relievers were distributed to various Kroger Co. retailers. The recalled products may have been sold nationwide from July 2021 to March 2022 at stores such as Kroger, Red Meyer, King Scoopers, Baker’s, Dillons, Pick’ n Save and Quality Food Center (QFC). You can review the full list of affected stores and product numbers in the CPSC recall announcements.

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No incidents or injuries have been reported regarding any of the three pain relievers so far. But according to the CPSC, aspirin, ibuprofen and Kroger’s acetaminophen were withdrawn for the same reason: failure to meet packaging requirements. The agency explained that any OTC products containing aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen — which are controlled substances — must be in child-resistant packaging under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), which was passed in 1970. child proof, “posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are ingested by young children”.

If you have a bottle of any medication in your possession, “you should immediately store the collected products in a safe place, out of the reach and sight of children,” the CPSC advised. After that, you must “contact Kroger for information on how to properly dispose of the product and receive a full refund,” the agency added.

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Kroger is not the only retailer found to be in breach of the PPPA. The CPSC also announced on June 16 that Aurohealth had recalled approximately 137,000 units of its Walgreens Pain Reliever 150-count acetaminophen vials due to not having child-resistant packaging. This drug was sold at Walgreens stores nationwide from October 2021 to April 2022 for about $9.

“Consumers should immediately store collected products in a safe place, out of the reach and sight of children,” advised the CPSC. “Contact Aurohealth for information on how to return the product to your nearest Walgreens store for a full refund.”

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