Queensland Health has warned parents to be aware of a massive recall placed on a batch of children’s medicine.

An official recall has been issued on several brands of kids medicines using a type of bottle groove, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It has been reported that the bottle groove which is used to secure the lids on these products could break off when opened and puts children at risk of ingesting broken plastic fragments.

Consumers are advised that Symbion, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling six batches of ibuprofen and paracetamol products after it was identified that the bottle grooves could break off during opening.

The issue affects some batches of the following products supplied in 200 mL bottles:

  • Chemmart Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension (6 months – 12 years)
  • Pharmacy Choice Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension (6 months – 12 years)
  • Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol 6 – 12 Years Concentrated

Ibuprofen and paracetamol are both used to relieve pain and fever, with ibuprofen also being used to reduce inflammation.

The bottles and outer packaging of the two affected ibuprofen products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outer packaging and bottle containing Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol 6 – 12 Years Concentrated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The affected batch numbers are:

  • Chemmart Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension (6 months – 12 years):

– IA50030 (expiry date: 06/2017)

– IA45163 (expiry date: 05/2017)

  • Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol 6 – 12 Years Concentrated:

– IA45031 (expiry date: 10/2016)

  • Pharmacy Choice Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension (6 months – 12 years):

– IA50026 (expiry date: 06/2017)

– IA50044 (expiry date: 06/2017)

– IA45162 (expiry date: 05/2017).

Information for consumers:

If you or someone you care for is using Chemmart or Pharmacy Choice branded Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension, or Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol 6 – 12 Years Concentrated, please be aware of this issue.

The issue has only been identified in the five batches of 200 mL Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension listed above, branded as either Chemmart or Pharmacy Choice, and one batch of Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol 6 – 12 Years Concentrated. No other batches are known to be affected.

If you have ibuprofen or paracetamol from the potentially affected batches, return the medicine to the place of purchase for refund or replacement. Alternatively, you can call Symbion’s customer service line on 1300 430 611.

In the meantime do not use the affected batch.

Reporting problems:

Consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medicines or vaccines.

The TGA cannot give advice about an individual’s medical condition.

You are strongly encouraged to talk with a health professional if you are concerned about a possible adverse event associated with a medicine or vaccine.