Children’s Cough Syrup Recalled in the Middle of Cold Season

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Ribwort plantain with a spoon of cough syrup on white backgroundIf you’re reading this, you probably have kids, which means you probably have a school or daycare cold right now. Kids are just little tiny germ magnets. I didn’t have a single cold for literally three years before I had a baby, and now I get one every other week. (My poor spouse has a far shittier immune system than I, and I don’t think he’s had a normal temperature in 18 months.) It’s especially bad right now, because we’re in the middle of cold and flu season, and that means it’s particularly bad timing for the cough syrup recall that was just announced.

According to SheKnows, the affected cough medicines are produced by Perrigo Company and sold under store-brand names at a variety of stores including CVS, Stop & Shop, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Dollar General, and Giant. Only the Grape and Cherry flavored varieties in 4-ounce bottles are affected.

The store brand names and lot numbers affected by the recall are here:

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Nobody has been injured by the cough syrups, but there is a problem with the dosage cups attached to the bottles. The dosage markers on the cups in some boxes are in the wrong place, which means kids could accidentally be given too much of the medicine.

The company says it’s unlikely that a child would have negative effects from taking the medicine, but that anybody who has purchased a medicine from the above lots should discard it and visit for information about a refund. Anyone who took the medicine and is experiencing problems should contact a doctor immediately, but as of yet the company says nobody has reported any injuries or negative side effects.

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