Novartis Consumer Health has recalled 2.3 million containers of Triaminic and Theraflu Warming Relief syrups because the child-resistant caps can be removed by children even with the tamper-evident plastic seal still in place.
This recall comes after four children have opened the child-resistant caps and ingested the medication. One of those children needed medical attention. Meanwhile, eight other children have opened the caps, but thankfully did not ingest the medication.
“It’s really common,” said Dr. Donna Seger, the executive director of the Tennessee Poison Center and a professor at Vanderbilt University. “Cold and flu medicine are one of the top exposures that children have in the U.S. The child-resistant closure is not ‘child-proof’ per se. It’s intended to slow them down. It doesn’t mean children can’t open it given a little bit of time.”
The recalled cough medicine contains acetaminophen which is a fever reducer that can cause liver damage or even liver failure if ingested in large amounts, said Henry Spiller, a toxicologist and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center.
Some of the recalled syrups also contain diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that can cause seizures or cardiac arrhythmias after an overdose.
Novartis Consumer Health has recalled 142 production lots of Triaminic syrups and 41 lots of Theraflu syrups because the all could have defective child-resistant bottle caps. Triaminic® Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups that were manufactured in the United States prior to December 31, 2011.
If you own one of these products, check the LOT and NDC number and compare it to the recalled list to see if the cough medicine you own is part of the recall.
The lot number is 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 box for Triaminic®, and the upper left corner of the front of the bottle for Theraflu.
Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc. is requesting that retailers immediately stop sale of these products and return them to the company.