Recall: Nearly a Half-Dozen Kids Medicines Recalled

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(WOIO) - The recall of children's medicines has now expanded beyond Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl.

Blacksmith Brands, Inc. and the FDA have issued a voluntary drug recall of all lots of four types of Pediacare, including:

PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold 4 oz. UPC . 3 0045-0556-05 9
PediaCare Long Acting Cough 4 oz. UPC . 3 0045-0465-04 7
PediaCare Decongestant 4 oz. UPC . 3 0045-0554-04 8
PediaCare Allergy and Cold 4 oz. UPC . 3 0045-0552-04 4

Although the original recall press release included UPC numbers, that is mainly for retail stores to use. Drug labels usually have NDC numbers instead. Since the recall affects 'all lots,' it probably doesn't matter what the numbers are though. If you have the medicine, it is likely part of the recall and should not be used.

These PediaCare products are being recalled because they were made for Blacksmith Brands by McNeil Consumer Healthcare at the same manufacturing plant where the recalled Tylenol products were made and which was recently shut down. It is important to note that no specific problems were actually found with these Pediacare products and that they are simply being recalled because of their association with McNeil. And although this recall doesn't sound like a big deal, it does make you wonder why it took so long to figure out that these products were made at the plant and what other products they made that might be recalled in the future.

As with the Tylenol recall, parents and other care givers should stop using these products, find alternatives if their kids have cold or allergy symptoms, get a refund, and report any side effects.

This new recall does not include other Pediacare products, such as PediaCare Allergy 4oz., PediaCare Gentle Vapors Plug in Units, and PediaCare Gentle Vapors refills.