Infant Acetaminophen Recalled; Unmarked Oral Syringes; Overdose Potential

Eighteen batches of Perrigo’s acetaminophen infant suspension liquid under various drug store and grocery store brand labels was recalled because the packages may contain an oral dosing syringe without dose markings. Using an oral syringe without dose markings can result in inaccurate dosing, especially in infants who could mistakenly get too high a dose.


The drug store and grocery store brands affected include Babies-R-Us, Care One, Equaline, Equate, Harmon Face Values, Health Mart, Healthy Accents, Heb, Kroger, Leader Drug, Meijer, Publix, Rite Aid, TopCare, Up & Up, and Walgreen. The affected suspension liquid is 160 mg/5 mL, sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles with syringes in a box. The correct syringe should have a white or yellow plunger with specific dose markings for 1.25 mL, 2.5 mL, 3.75 mL, and 5 mL. If the product’s syringe has these dose markings, consumers can continue to use the product while following labeled use instructions.


This over-the-counter product is indicated for the relief of fever and minor aches and pains and can be used in infants, children, and adults. These recalled products are sold by distributors nationwide and distributed through retail stores.


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See also Medical Law Perspectives, May 2013 Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication