Some Kids' Cough Syrups Recalled
Several Robitussin and Children's Dimetapp Products Recalled Because of Dosage Cup; No Problem With Medications
Oct. 30, 2007 -- Wyeth Consumer Healthcare issued a voluntary recall today
of several of its Robitussin products and Children's Dimetapp Cough & Cold
The recall only involves the following products for all U.S. retailers:
- Robitussin Cough DM
- Robitussin Cough & Cold CF
- Robitussin Cough & Congestion
- Robitussin Chest Congestion
- Robitussin Head & Chest Congestion PE
- Robitussin Cough Sugar Free DM
- Children’s Dimetapp Cold & Chest Congestion
In a news release, Wyeth says the recall has nothing to do with the
medications themselves. Instead, it's about the dosage cup that comes with the
Wyeth will remove dosage cups that don't have a half-teaspoon mark, which is
the recommended dose for children aged 2-6, and replace those products with a
marked dosage cup. The replaced products will be labeled to indicate that the
new dosage cup is included.
Meanwhile, Wyeth has this advice for parents and caregivers:
- Don't use the recalled medicines in children aged 2 to under 6.
- Consult a health care professional concerning the most appropriate way to
treat cough and cold symptoms for children aged 2 to under 6.
- For more information, call Wyeth at (800) 762-4675 or visit the Robitussin
or Dimetapp web
FDA advisory panel recently recommended that over-the-counter cold and
cough medicines not be used in children who are 2 to 5 years old. The FDA is
considering the panel's recommendations.