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A slew of supermarket chains are recalling batches of cold and flu capsules due to an incorrect labelling on the packages. The mislabelling overstated the safe maximum daily dose for children. Eleven UK retailers – Wilko, Spar, Waitrose, Aldi, Asda, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s, Lloyds, Morrisons, tylenol pm ulcer Boots and Tesco – are recalling the the capsules in response to the recall issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – the UK’s drugs watchdog.
The capsules, made by Wrafton Laboratories, trading as Perrigo, were sold across the supermarket chains.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which issued the recall, said the risk to consumers is low, however.
The packaging incorrectly advises that children aged 12 to 15 can take a maximum of up to 12 capsules (3.6g of paracetamol per day) in any 24-hour period.
The labelling should state a maximum daily dose of eight capsules per day (2.4g of paracetamol) for 12 to 15-year-olds, which is slightly lower than the MHRA’s recommendation that children in this age group should take 3g of paracetamol in a day at most.
Each pack has 16 capsules containing 300mg of paracetamol, which provides two days of treatment at the maximum dose.
The MHRA said the company is currently correcting its labelling and the products have been taken off shelves until this is completed.
MHRA chief safety officer doctor Alison Cave has issued a statement aimed at assuaging fears.
She said: “I want to reassure people that while this recall is aimed at retail level only, patient safety is at the centre of all our decision-making.”
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