Recall Highlights Child-Proof Caps and Poisoning Risks

Common child cold remedies are being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). We’re talking about Triaminic and Theraflu products. According to CNN, officials are taking these products off the market because the caps aren’t working properly. These medicines are required by law to come with a functioning child-resistant cap. Unfortunately, they’re not working as they’re supposed to.
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More specifically, it’s the Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups that fall under this recall. The products were voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Novartis Consumer Health. They were too easy to get into for children and were posing serious poisoning risks.

Our Asheville child injury attorneys understand that our young ones don’t always know what they should and should not be playing with. When presented with something new, there’s no doubt that they’re going to explore — even if that “explore” means tasting. When they get their hands on candy- and fruit-tasting syrups, the outcome can be disastrous. This is why it’s important for parents and guardians to keep these dangerous products out of sight and out of reach.

The company says that the last batch of these medicines was distributed in the U.S. more than a year ago. They believe that there is not much left on store shelves but home medicine cabinets may be a different story.

The problem with these products is that they contain both diaphenhydramine and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an ingredient that is used as an anti-inflammatory and is used to treat pain. Diaphenhydramine is an antihistamine that is used to treat both colds and allergies.

Products that contain these ingredients are required under federal law to come with child-resistant caps. These caps are to help to reduce the risks of child poisonings, which affect over 300 children each and every day here in the U.S. Each day, there are two children under the age of 19 who die from these kinds of accidents.

If you have any of these products in your home, you’re urged to stop using them immediately. You’re asked to safely throw them out. If you want, you can contact Novartis for details regarding a refund, too. It’s also important that you routinely go through your medicine cabinets to make sure that you have no unused or expired medications. These products can be deadly and should not be stored in your home.

Altogether, there are 24 kinds of products involved in this recall. It all started because of a complaint that was filed by a consumer late last year. All of the products that fall under this recall are in the U.S., although some are being recalled in Canada as a safety precaution.

So far, the company has reported that they’ve received about a dozen reports of children getting into the bottles. There were four reports of children consuming the medicine as a result of the faulty caps.

If you or your child has been injured by a defective product, contact the Carolina injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.

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