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article imageCough mixture recalled due to defective ‘child proof’ caps

By Tim Sandle     Feb 4, 2013 in Health
Cough mixtures distributed in Canada have been recalled by the manufacturer due to the child proof cap proving to be defective. The risk is that a young child could open the medicine bottle.
In total seventeen different products have been affected with a faulty child resistant mechanism. The medicines were produced by Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc.
The products, according to PharmPro, include Jack & Jill Cough Syrup (and other Jack and Jill branded products), Triaminic Cough and Cold (and other Triaminic branded products), Neo Citran Extra Strength Nightime Total Cold and Flu (and other Neo branded products), and Buckley's Complete (and other Buckley’s branded products).
The products being recalled were produced, as the Sacramento Bee reports, at the Novartis Consumer Health manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska
The reason given for the recall is that children may be able to open the bottle and ingest the product. One of the product ranges, the Jack and Jill brand, is aimed at children, thereby creating a greater risk that children will be familiar with the product. Ingesting a large quantity of the product could cause serious adverse health consequences.
The recall notice has been issued by Health Canada. All retailers have been advised to stop the sale of the products and return them to Novartis. This is likely to take time since the products have been distributed across Canada.
A consequence of the recall is that supplies of the affected products will be low, as a statement from Novartis indicates: “We regret that the affected products may be unavailable for a period of time. We are working to remedy the situation and return products to shelves as quickly as possible.”
Consumers who are concerned have been advised to contact Health Canada, toll-free at 1-866-234-2345.
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