Most of us keep certain necessities in our medicine cabinets, from antacids for heartburn relief to allergy pills for hay fever. But there’s one staple you probably can’t do without: over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication. When it comes to headaches or muscle tension, there’s no getting around the quick help you can get from these common pain relievers. Now, however, a major recall is targeting drugs you may have purchased from Walgreens or Kroger because of a serious safety issue. Read on to find out if you have these potentially dangerous home remedies.
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We would like to assume that the drugs we are taking are safe, but unfortunately this is not always the case. With that in mind, it’s important to keep up with the latest recall notices published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Just this month, two holistic remedies were withdrawn, according to notices posted on the FDA’s website. On June 7, Buzzagogo Inc. recalled a batch of its Allergy Bee Gone for Kids Nasal Swab Remedy due to potential microbial contamination. FDA tests found the product had high levels of yeast and mold and said it could also contain the bacteria. bacillus cereuswhich is especially dangerous for immunocompromised individuals.
Then, on June 9, Green Pharmaceuticals Inc. picked up a batch of her SnoreStop NasoSpray, also for potential microbial contamination. This product has been found to potentially contain the bacteria providence rettgeriwhich again is more dangerous for immunocompromised people.
Now, the CPSC has released several warnings about a much more popular OTC pain medication that you probably have at home.
When we have pain that just won’t go away, many of us have a preferred option that we cling to: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Bayer. Generic versions of these OTC medications also exist, often sold under the store’s name — and if you generally turn to these cheaper options, you’ll want to know about a recall affecting store-brand pain medications sold at Walgreens and Kroger. .
On June 16, the CPSC ran three different recall announcements for acetaminophen, the pain reliever you probably know by its most common brand name, Tylenol. Two Kroger-branded acetaminophen manufacturers, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Aurohealth, sold 34,600 and 25,660 units, respectively. Aurohealth is also responsible for Walgreens-branded acetaminophen and is pulling 137,300 units of the drug.
According to CPSC press releases, all these OTC drugs were recalled because of the packaging. Acetaminophen needs to be sold in child-resistant packaging, according to the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA). “Product packaging is not child-resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are ingested by young children,” says the CPSC.
While acetaminophen is a very common medication that many of us take regularly, it is not without its dangers, which is why PPPA requires packaging that makes these vials difficult to open. Research has shown that acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, with doctors warning that high doses of acetaminophen – such as that found in Tylenol Extra Strength – can lead to “severe damage”. This danger is even more pronounced in children, as child-proof packaging is designed to prevent entry.
Adults often find themselves in trouble because they unknowingly take various drugs that contain acetaminophen, as UCI Health experts explain. But children who slip into an airtight bottle of these pain relievers can easily overdose, making the extra precaution of child-resistant packaging that much more important.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported linked to any of the recalled vials of acetaminophen.
Anyone who has these OTC medications collected should keep them in a safe place out of the reach of children immediately.
Walgreens’ acetaminophen, made by Aurohealth, was sold between October 2021 and April 2022. The label says “Walgreens, Easy Open for Adults, Pain Reliever, Acetaminophen, 500 mg, Fever Reducer, Extra Strength, 150 caplets.” The UPC number is 311917218090, and a complete list of affected lot numbers is available on the CPSC website. Aurohealth advises contacting the company for information on how to return the drug to Walgreens.
Aurohealth is also responsible for the Kroger acetaminophen labeled “Kroger, Acetaminophen, Arthritis Pain, Extended-Release, Tablets USP, 650mg, 225 Extended-Release Tablets”. These bottles were sold between December 2021 and March 2022. The UPC number is 0004126001284, and the lot numbers are also available in the press release published by the CPSC. In that case, Aurohealth advises you to contact Kroger for information on how to get off acetaminophen and receive a refund.
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is recalling Kroger acetaminophen sold as “Kroger, Acetaminophen, Extended-Release Tablets USP, 650mg, Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, 100 caplets”, which was sold between October 2021 and March 2022. The UPC for this product is 0004126001287; see the CPSC website for a list of affected lot codes. Again, you are advised to contact Kroger directly to learn how to dispose of – and obtain a refund for – this medication.
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