Recall: Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups - Bottles
On 2013-01-31, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups - Bottles due to a potential unintentional ingestion and poisoning hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2010 for about $5.
About 2 million units are involved in this Novartis Consumer Health cough syrup recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Medication category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
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Phone: (866) 553-6742
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What is the problem?
These child-resistant caps can fail to function properly and enable the cap to be removed by a child with the tamper-evident seal in place, posing a risk of unintentional ingestion and poisoning. These products contain acetaminophen and diphenhydramine which are required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act to be sealed with child-resistant packaging.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups for coughs, colds and fevers. There are 24 types of these two products included in the recall, including those with the following names and UPC Numbers:
|Theraflu Daytime Warming Relief Severe Cold and Cough||8.3 oz.||300430461083|
|Theraflu Warming Relief Flu and Sore Throat||8.3 oz.||300436265081|
|Theraflu Daytime/Nighttime Severe Cold & Cough Value Pack||300436412164|
|Theraflu Nighttime Warming Relief Severe Cold and Cough||8.3 oz.||300430460086|
|Theraflu Warming Relief Cold and Chest Congestion||8.3 oz.||300436296085|
|Theraflu Warming Relief Sinus and Cold||8.3 oz.||300436407085|
|Triaminic Chest and Nasal Congestion||4 oz.||300436347046|
|Triaminic Cold and Allergy||4 oz.||300436346049|
|Triaminic Cough and Sore Throat||4 oz.||300436348043|
|Triaminic Day Time Cold and Cough||4 oz.||300436345042|
|Triaminic Daytime/Nighttime Cold & Cough Club Pack||300436417121|
|Triaminic Daytime/Nighttime Cold & Cough Combo Pack||300436216083|
|Triaminic Dye‐free Long Acting Cough||4 oz.||300436350046|
|Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Bubblegum||4 oz.||300436432049|
|Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Grape||4 oz.||300436431042|
|Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Infant Bubblegum||2 oz.||300676441597|
|Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Infant Grape||2 oz.||300676440590|
|Triaminic Multi Symptom Fever||3.4 oz.||300676394343|
|Triaminic Night Time Cold and Cough||4 oz.||300436344045|
|Triaminic Multi Symptom Fever||4 oz.||300436394040|
|Triaminic Night Time Cold and Cough||3.4 oz.||300436344342|
A complete list of products, UPC numbers, lot numbers and National Drug Codes (NDC) can be found at www.novartisOTC.com. Lot numbers are located on the bottom panel of the box and on the left side of the label on the bottle. The NDC number is located on the upper right corner of the front panel of the Triaminic Syrups box and the upper left corner of the Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups bottle.
Note: some of these products were also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's announcement can be found here: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2013/2013_16-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at Food, drug, mass merchandise and club stores nationwide between May 2010 and December 2011 for about $5.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Novartis for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.
Novartis Consumer Healthcare toll-free at (866)553-6742 from 8 a.m. to midnight ET, Monday through Saturday, or online at www.novartisOTC.com for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received 12 reports of children unscrewing the locked caps, including four reports of children ingesting the product. One child required medical attention.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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