Nationwide cough syrup recall has some worried

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 23:13:42-05

A nationwide prescription drug recall has parents across the country checking their medicine cabinets.

The voluntary recall by manufacturer Perrigo was prompted by incorrect dosage labeling on the cap of two types of cough syrup.

"Quite honestly, this recall is really happening out of an abundance of caution on behalf of the manufacturer,” said Janetta Iwanicki, M.D., with Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. “In most cases, the very small differences in dosing, based on that size of a cap, is unlikely to cause serious, significant symptoms for most patients.”

The recalled products are as follows:

"Guaifenesin Grape liq. 4 oz" sold at H.E.B. and CVS with an expiration date of Aug., 2017, and lot numbers 5LK0592 and 5MK0340.

"Guaifenesin DM Chry liq. 4 oz" sold at Sunmark, Rite-Aid, Topcare, Kroger, GoodSense, Dollar General, Care One, and CVS with lot numbers 5LK0528, 5LK0630, 5LK0528, 5LK0630, 5LK0528, 5LK0630, 5LK0779, 5LK0528, 5LK0630, 5LK0528, 5LK0630, 5LK0630 and 5LK0630.

In a news release, Perrigo said no overdoses have been reported.

“Dextromethorphan, which is found in one of the two types of preparations that are being recalled, is associated with some significant effects in very large overdoses,” said Iwanicki. "Typically those overdoses are much larger than the scale of what you'd expect with this minor dosing error.”

She said large overdoses are accompanied by symptoms such as rapid heart rate and hyperactivity. In small overdoses, children may show little to no symptoms.

The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center gets about one call a day about cough syrup issues.

If you are concerned about an overdoes, call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control center.


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