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Common Child Cold Remedies Recalled by CPSC

Parents need to pay attention! Officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have recalled Triaminic and Theraflu products. The recall comes after discovery that the bottles do not meet the CPSC’s child-resistant closure standards. The ingredients in these bottles can be dangerous to child if they’re over-consumed.

According to CNN, Novartis Consumer Health, the manufacturer, reports that the last batch was distributed about a year ago.

Our Greenacres personal injury lawyers understand that these products contain both acetaminophen and diaphenhydramine — and that serves up a serious poisoning risk. These ingredients are used to treat pains, colds and allergies. Federal law states that products containing these ingredients are required to be sealed with child-resistant packaging because of the risk of poisoning.

If you have these products in your household, you’re asked to safely dispose of them. You can also get in touch with Novartis for information about a refund. According to the CPSC, there are close to 25 different kinds of this product that are included in the recall.

A complaint filed by a consumed back in November is what launched the investigation. All of the products in question were manufactured in the United States.

According to a spokesperson with the company, Julie Masow, there are close to 185 lots falling under this recall. Included are more than 40 lots of Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups and more than 140 lots of Triaminic Syrups. These products were delivers from 2010 to 2011.

So far, the company has received 12 reports of young children getting into the bottles. Four of them ingested the product.

The Food and Drug Administration is aiding this investigation. Just to be safe, there is a recall issued in Canada as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 300 children under the age of 19 who are sent to an emergency room every day in the U.S. as a result of being poisoned. Two die every day under the same circumstances.

For medicines in your household, you want to make sure that they’re kept out of reach of children. Make sure they’re stored high on the shelf or in a locked, lower cabinet. This also applied to cleaners with dangerous ingredients in them. We don’t want our little ones to get their hands on anything dangerous.

To help keep your household safe, make sure that you dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. To dispose of medicines, mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them away. You can also turn them in at a local take-back program or during National Drug Take-Back events.

If you or your child has been injured by a defective product, contact the personal injury attorneys at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC. Call for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights at 1-800-561-7777.

More Blog Entries:

Defective Products Threatening Your Family’s Safety?, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, November 14, 2012

Check CPSC Recall List – Reduce Child Injury Risks in Broward County, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, September 20, 2012

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