Children’s medications recalled

 Pharmacies
and supermarkets in Cayman have removed from their shelves children’s
medications made in the same factory where other medications recalled last
month were manufactured.

Blacksmith
Brands Inc. announced the recall of four of its PediaCare products on Friday.

The
four products being recalled are: PediaCare Multi Symptom Cold 4 oz; PediaCare
Long Acting Cough 4oz; PediaCare Decongestant 4 oz; and PediaCare Allergy and
Cold.

Blacksmith
Brands said it initiated the most recent recall as “a precautionary step”
because the products were made at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare Fort
Washington, Pennsylvania plant that has been temporarily shut down.

Earlier
this month, 40 commonly used children’s medications manufactured at the McNeil
plant, including liquid Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec, were recalled.

A
US Food and Drug Administration inspection at the plant found serious problems
with quality control. According to the FDA, McNeil did not act after it
received 46 consumer complaints about black specks in its drugs between June
2009 and April 2010.

Blacksmith
Brands, in a press release, said the recall was not initiated as a result of
any consumer reports of adverse events and no consumer complaints have been
received about the safety or purity of the products.

“While
the recall was not initiated as a result of either any consumer reports of
adverse events or complaints with respect to the PediaCare products, tiny
particles have been found in other non-PediaCare products which were
manufactured at the McNeil plant,” the statement read.

The
company advises consumers who have purchased the products to discontinue use.

Stores
and pharmacies in Cayman that have removed the products from sale said they
would remain unavailable until further notification from the manufacturer.

Foster’s
Food Fair IGA is offering refunds to people who have purchased the items at its
stores.

“Until
Foster’s Food Fair IGA has a further correspondence from the manufacture on
these affected products moving forward, they will not be available. We are
sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however the safety of our customers
is our top priority,” the company stated in a press release.

“We’re
taking this voluntary step because protecting consumers and maintaining their
trust are essential to our company’s core values,” said Blacksmith Brands
chairman and CEO Peter Mann.

Blacksmith
Brands has arranged to make the products at new manufacturing plants and
expects to resume shipments of the recalled items in July from those new
facilities.

Items
not involved in this recall are PediaCare Allergy 4oz., PediaCare Gentle Vapors
plug-in units, and PediaCare Gentle Vapors refills, all of which are produced
in other facilities.

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