Aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen are common over-the-counter medications that most people have at home. Medications can relieve pain and reduce fever, among other things. Additionally, many people use these medications to treat various other chronic health problems. But buyers should know that there are four separate recall actions for various brands of aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
In total, we’re looking at nearly 400,000 vials of these over-the-counter drugs that pose a poisoning risk, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). That’s because the drugs come in containers that aren’t child-resistant and therefore don’t meet the requirements of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.
Aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen recall
The CPSC posted four separate recall notices on its website on June 16. They cover aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen from various brands that violate the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA).
Substances such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen must be packaged in child-resistant containers, per the PPPA regulation. But the CPSC warns that about 400,000 vials containing these pain relievers do not respect the rules. As a result, children can easily open the bottles and consume the drugs. In turn, this can lead to poisoning.
Next, we’ll discuss each of the different pain reliever recalls so you can quickly identify defective vials.
Time-Cap aspirin and ibuprofen recall
Time-Cap Labs has recalled 300-count Kroger aspirin and 160-count vials of ibuprofen that pose a risk of poisoning. The products were available at various retailers across the country from July 2021 to March 2022.
Kroger collected 209,430 bottles with the following identifiers:
- Aspirin – UPC: 0004126001295; Lot numbers: A077J, F032H, F035H, J011H, K031H
- Ibuprofen – UPC: 0004126001298 Batch Numbers: FH1163, C11044, C11047, C11064, C11065, C11079, C11084
The aspirin and ibuprofen recall announcement is available at this link.
Aurohealth paracetamol reminds
In addition, two types of Aurohealth acetaminophen were hit with a recall.
Aurohealth recalled about 25,660 vials of 225-count Kroger-branded acetaminophen that do not meet PPPA regulations. Kroger-branded acetaminophen was available from December 2021 to March 2022 at various retailers across the country. You can view the press release at this link.
Look for the following identifiers for this acetaminophen recall:
- UPC number 0004126001284 and lot numbers P2100890, P2100891, P2100992 (each with an expiration date in August 2023) and P2101010 (with an expiration date in April 2023)
In addition, Aurohealth recalled around 137,300 bottles of 150 bottles of Walgreens-branded acetaminophen. The drugs were available at Walgreens stores nationwide between October 2021 and April 2022. This ad is available at this link.
Look for the following identifiers on the bottles in your medicine cabinet:
- UPC number 311917218090 and lot numbers P2100627, P2100671, P2100672, P2100689 P2100747, P2100859 (each with an expiration date in November 2022) and P2200050 (with an expiration date in January 2023)
Sun Pharma Acetaminophen Recall
Finally, Sun Pharma has issued a recall for about 34,660 vials of 100 Kroger Acetaminophen that can poison children. The drug was available nationwide at various retailers from October 2021 to March 2022.
Look for these identifiers to determine whether the drug’s packaging is child-resistant or not. Any bottles with the following UPC number and lot codes are part of the recall:
- The UPC number is 0004126001287 with batch codes AC45463, AC38213 or AC30682
You will find the recall press release available on the CPSC.
what should you do
We saw similar recalls earlier this year as several drugs failed to comply with PPPA regulations.
If you own any of the aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen products from the new recalls, be sure to store the containers out of the reach of children. You can still use the drugs as there is nothing wrong with chemical compounds. They only pose a poisoning risk to young children. Older children and adults should know how to use medications correctly.
You can still keep the pills if you don’t have children in your house. But the pharmaceutical companies behind these recalls advise buyers to discard the products or return them for a full refund.