Urgent recall cold and flu pills over children’s dose error

Written by on November 11, 2021

Boots, Aldi and Tesco are among the shops that stock the pills which state the wrong dosage for 12-15 year olds.

Eleven retailers including Aldi, Boots, Superdrug and Tesco have been told to urgently recall several batches of cold and flu capsules due to a labelling error which gives the wrong dose for children.

The leaflet and cartons state children aged 12 to 15 years can take up to 12 capsules in any 24-hour period.

However, this age-group can only safely take a maximum of eight capsules per day. The daily dose of 12 pills is actually for adults aged 16 and over.

 

The incorrect daily dose for 12 to 15 year olds is only slightly higher than the maximum daily dose of 3 grams of paracetamol recommended by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in this age group.

As a result, the UK regulator states that the risk to 12 to 15 year olds from taking the incorrect daily dose is very low and there is no evidence of any harm.

Each pack – made by Perrigo, and then branded by each retailer – has 16 capsules containing 300mg of paracetamol, which provides two days of treatment at the maximum dose.

Retailers that stocked the affected batches include:

  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Boots
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Spar
  • Wilko
  • Waitrose
  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Superdrug
  • Lloyds

The company are currently correcting their labelling and the products have been taken off shelves until this is completed.

 

 

 

Eleven retailers urgently recall cold and flu pills over children's dose error

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