Nine Retailers Recall Store-Branded Children’s Cold Medicine Over Overdose Risks

Nine retailers, including CVS and Rite Aid, have recalled two flavors of store-branded children’s liquid cold medicine over a potential overdose risk.

The Perrigo Company medicine, sold nationally under a number of brand names, contains a dose cup with incorrect markings that could lead to an overdose, the manufacturer announced on Monday.

The recall covers batches of children’s grape liquid and three batches of its children’s cherry liquid cough medicine sold in 4-ounce bottles with dosage cups.

Sunmark, Rite-Aid, Topcar, Kroger, GoodSense, Dollar General, Care One, and CVS pulled the store-branded cough medicine from their shelves.

Giant and Stop & Shop were the first retailers to remove the medication, under the Care One brand, last week.

An overdose of the medication may cause hyper excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor, and coma.

Additionally, Perrigo warns that too much of the cold medicine can cause nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression, and death can also occur with overdose.

So far, Perrigo says it has not received any reports of overdoses related to the medication.

“There have been no reports of adverse events to Perrigo as a result of the incorrect dosage markings,” Joseph Papa, CEO of Perrigo, said in a statement. “Perrigo is taking this action to maintain the highest possible product quality standards for our retail customers and consumers. We are taking this action because it is the right thing to do.”

The recalled medication can be identified by the following labels, SKUs, and expiration dates:

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