Kroger, Walgreens branded pills recalled due to ‘poisoning risk’

Kroger, Walgreens branded pills recalled due to ‘poisoning risk’

Kroger, Walgreens branded pills recalled due to ‘poisoning risk’

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • The recalled Walgreens product was sold exclusively at Walgreens stores nationwide
  • Kroger brand products were sold at Kroger and other stores
  • Customers can contact the companies to find out how to get a refund

Kroger and Walgreens branded over-the-counter pills have been recalled because they pose a risk of poisoning to children.

The problem with the recalled products was that they did not meet the child-resistant packaging requirement under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA). This means there could be a “risk of poisoning” if young children somehow ingest the pills, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.

Kroger added that the recalled products do not have a label that reads, “This package is for households without young children.”

The recalled products include two Aurohealth products: approximately 137,300 units of Walgreens Brand Acetaminophenwhich are in bottles of 150 pieces and 25,660 units of Kroger Brand Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen in bottles of 225 pieces. Time-Cap Labs also has some 209,430 units of Kroger brand aspirin and ibuprofen in bottles of 300 and 160 units respectively, while Sun Pharma about 34,660 units of Kroger brand paracetamol in bottles of 100 pieces from their shelves.

Customers can visit the CPSC website to learn more about the recalls, including affected UPC numbers, lot numbers, expiration dates, and even photos of the product packaging. It also provides a list of stores where the products were sold. For example, the pills of the Walgreens brand were sold exclusively at Walgreens stores across the country, while the Kroger products were sold in several stores, including Kroger, JayC, King Soopers and Dillons.

No incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled products† But those who have an affected product should keep it out of the reach and sight of children. Customers may also call Kroger (800-576-4377) or Aurohealth (888-504-2014) for information on how to properly dispose of the product and get a refund.

The purpose of the PPPA is to reduce accidental poisoning from drugs and household products. By law, products such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, hazardous substances and other household products must be in child-resistant packaging to prevent accidental ingestion of such products.

“The nature of this packaging would prevent children ages five and under from having easy access and provide a protected container,” noted the National Library of Medicine.

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