December 20, 2009

Vicks DayQuil Recalled

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 700,000 units of Vicks Dayquil cold medicine were recalled Friday after a finding that the packaging was not child-proof.

The recall affects Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps with the UPC no. 3 23900 01087 1, according to the product safety group. The medicine was sold between September 2008 and December 2009.

Even though the box says the packaging is child-resistant, the so-called blister packs inside are not.

"This package for households without young children" -- should be kept out of the reach of young children. If a child swallows several of the pills, the child could suffer "serious health problems or death," the commission said.

However, P&G says there have been no reports of children accidentally ingesting the medication.

120,000 bottles of Vicks Sinex nasal spray was also recalled last month after scientists found a small amount of bacteria in the spray.

These recalls have brought upon some issues with the company's Vicks brand. P&G received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October over the marketing of Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil products with vitamin C.

P&G said DayQuil Cold & Flu is not for children under 12 years old, unless recommended by a doctor. If a child swallowed it, it could cause serious health problems or death.

The FDA and CPSC supported the recall.


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