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A Resized Recall Image cb1June 20 2018

A Class 2 Drug Recall has been issued for 15 batches of own-brand children’s glycerine and blackcurrant cough syrups due to reports of mould. The products have been made by Bell, Son & Co.

Details of the affected batches, all packed in 200ml sizes, are given in the MHRA’s alert issued on June 20. Own label brands in the recall are:

  • Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour;
  • Bell’s Healthcare Children’s Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup;
  • Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution;
  • Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution;
  • Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup;
  • Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution;
  • Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup;
  • Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution

The product is a General Sales List medicine so may be being sold in non-pharmacy outlets.

The recall is considered precautionary due to the potential for adverse reactions. “The mould has been identified as Penicillium decumbensP corylophilumand P brevicompactum. Although these moulds may be inactivated in the stomach, there is a low potential risk of systemic infection in younger or immunocompromised children, causing symptoms of infection such as fever,” said the MHRA.

P brevicompactumand P corylophilumcan produce mycotoxins. Reactions to these mycotoxins are rare in reported literature but there is a low risk they could induce non-specific toxin reactions that could include rashes, breathing difficulties and gastro-intestinal symptoms.

“There is also a low risk of allergen-mediated disease either through inhalation or ingestion of Penicillium antigens to occur, causing allergic symptoms.”

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