Parents across Australia are being urged to check their medicine cabinets after medicine wholesaler Symbion issued an urgent recall of their generic pain relief medications for children under the age of 12.
The affected medications are children’s liquid ibuprofen and paracetamol sold in 200ml bottles. The recall is being made because of risks the bottles may splinter . They include three batches of Pharmacy Choice Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension, two batches of Chemmart Ibuprofen Children’s Suspension and one batch of Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol six to 12 Years Concentrated.
A representative for Sydney-based Symbion explains that while the medicine itself is safe, the bottle grooves may splinter while opening the bottle, creating a choking hazard for small children. The pharmaceutical manufacturer did not disclose how many of the affected bottles have been sold.
Both brands are stocked in pharmacies nationwide. Symbion has recommended that parents check if they have Chemmart or Pharmacy’s Choice Ibuprofen with expiry dates of May and June 2017 or Chemmart Children’s Paracetamol with an expiry date of October 2016. All medications come in a 200ml bottle.
The recall comes after a consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Anyone with a bottle of the affected medicines should return them to the place of purchase for a refund.