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Aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen are common over-the-counter medications that most people have at home. Medicines can relieve pain and reduce fever, among other things. Additionally, many people use these drugs to treat various other chronic health conditions. But shoppers should be aware that there are four separate recall actions for different brands of aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

In total, about 400,000 bottles pose a risk of poisoning, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This is because the drugs come in containers that are not childproof.

Reminder of aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen

The CPSC posted four separate recall notices on its website on June 16. They cover aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen of various brands that violate the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA).

Substances such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen must be packaged in childproof containers in accordance with PPPA regulations. But the CPSC warns that around 400,000 vials containing these painkillers do not meet the rules. As a result, children could easily open the bottles and consume the drugs. In turn, this can lead to poisoning.

In the following, we will discuss each of the different pain medication recalls so that you can quickly identify faulty bottles.

Time-Cap Aspirin and Ibuprofen Reminder

Time-Cap Labs has recalled bottles of Kroger 300 unit aspirin and 160 unit ibuprofen which pose a poisoning hazard. The products were available from various retailers nationwide from July 2021 to March 2022.

Time-Cap Labs aspirin recall: bottle label.
Time-Cap Labs aspirin recall: bottle label. Image source: CPSC

Kroger recalled 209,430 bottles with the following identifiers:

  • Aspirin – UPC: 0004126001295; Batch numbers: A077J, F032H, F035H, J011H, K031H
  • Ibuprofen – UPC: 0004126001298 Lot Numbers: FH1163, C11044, C11047, C11064, C11065, C11079, C11084

The aspirin and ibuprofen recall announcement is available at this link.

Aurohealth Acetaminophen Reminders

In addition, two types of Aurohealth acetaminophen have been recalled.

Aurohealth has recalled approximately 25,660 bottles of Kroger brand 225-unit acetaminophen that do not meet PPPA regulations. Kroger brand acetaminophen was available from December 2021 through March 2022 at various retailers nationwide. You can see the press release at this link.

Aurohealth Kroger acetaminophen recall: bottle label.
Aurohealth Kroger acetaminophen recall: bottle label. Image source: CPSC

Search the following identifiers for this acetaminophen recall:

  • UPC number 0004126001284 and lot numbers P2100890, P2100891, P2100992 (each with expiration date Aug-2023) and P2101010 (with expiration date April-2023)

In addition, Aurohealth has recalled approximately 137,300 bottles of 150-bottle Walgreens brand acetaminophen. The drugs were available in Walgreens stores nationwide between October 2021 and April 2022. This announcement is available at this link.

Walgreens Aurohealth Acetaminophen Recall: bottle label.
Walgreens Aurohealth Acetaminophen Recall: bottle label. Image source: CPSC

Look for the following identifiers on the vials in your medicine cabinet:

  • UPC number 311917218090 and lot numbers P2100627, P2100671, P2100672, P2100689 P2100747, P2100859 (each with expiration date Nov-2022) and P2200050 (with expiration date Jan-2023)

Sun Pharma Acetaminophen Recall

Finally, Sun Pharma has issued a recall for approximately 34,660 bottles of Kroger 100-count acetaminophen that can poison children. The drug was available nationwide at multiple retailers from October 2021 to March 2022.

Sun Pharma Kroger Acetaminophen Recall: bottle label.
Sun Pharma Kroger Acetaminophen Recall: bottle label. Image source: CPSC

Look for these identifiers to determine if the medicine’s packaging is childproof. All bottles with the following UPC number and lot codes are part of the recall:

  • The UPC number is 0004126001287 with lot codes AC45463, AC38213 or AC30682

You will find the recall press release is available at the CPSC.

what you should do

We saw similar recalls earlier this year as various drugs failed to meet PPPA regulations.

If you have any of the aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen products from the new recalls, you should be sure to store the containers out of the reach of children. You can still use the drugs, because there is nothing wrong with the chemical compounds. They only pose a poisoning hazard to young children. Older children and adults need to know how to use medication correctly.

You can still keep the pills if you don’t have children in your household. But the drug companies behind the recalls are advising buyers to discard the products or return them for a full refund.

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