Four brands of children’s PediaCare medications have been recalled because they were made in the same facility as the troubled and recalled children’s Tylenol. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) coordinated with Blacksmith Brands Inc. just before the Memorial Day holiday to issue the voluntary recall. Blacksmith doesn’t believe there are any problems with the four formulations, but “in an abundance of caution” recalled its Multi-Symptom Cold, Long Acting Cough, Decongestant, and Allergy and Cold – all 4 ounce.
Blacksmith stresses that the recall is not being undertaken on the basis of any adverse medical events. If you have any of these medications in your possession, the company says to discontinue their use. If you have the medications in your home you are advised to dispose of them in ways other than down the sink or in the toilet. The www.smartxdisposal.net has information on disposal. To find the lot number and expiration date on the product look on the label above the brand name. The lot number and expiration dates are found on the back and side label of the bottle. Blacksmith says it will offer you a free bottle when replacements are available.
Among the products recalled are:
- PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold 4oz. UPC #30045-0556-059
- PediaCare Long Acting Cough 4oz. UPC# 3 0045-0465-047
- PediaCare Decongestant 4oz. UPC# 3 0045-0554-04 8
- PediaCare Allergy and Cold 4oz. UPC# 3 0045-0552-04
As to the reason for the recall – the Blacksmith brands of cold and allergy medications are made in the same Fort Washington, Pennsylvania plant as the recently recalled children’s Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin, and Zyrtec products made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, McNeil Healthcare. The problems stem from a Food and Drug Administration April 30th inspection report that found bacterial contamination, filthy conditions, a hole in the roof and inconsistent formulations, leaving some “super potent.”
The plant remains closed and there is no word whether any of the PediaCare meds suffered from the same production mistakes, and again no illnesses were reported. This is a bigger story that indicates a systemic problem with the production of over-the-counter pediatric liquid medications. A Florida defective drug attorney may be able to help your family if you believe a family member has been sickened by liquid children medications.