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Boots cough and cold medicines recall

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Farah Ahmed

12th December  -- Boots is extending an existing recall of certain cough and cold medicines to include  some paracetamol and gripe mixture because of a risk of them containing small pieces of plastic.

The medicines regulator MHRA says the company-led recall is due to a possible manufacturing fault with tamper seals that might result in small pieces of plastic being found in liquid medicines.

The regulator says there is currently no evidence of people experiencing any problems from this manufacturing fault, but people are being asked to return the medicines to Boots as a precautionary measure.

Cough and cold medicines affected

The recall was first issued in November for cough and cold medicines made by Boots UK and bought since September 2013.

The medicines now covered are:

  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Chesty Cough Relief 100mg/5ml Oral Solution, PL 00014/0554
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Dry Cough Relief Oral Solution, PL 00014/0550
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Mucus Cough Relief 100mg/5ml Oral Solution, PL 00014/0554
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Paracetamol 6 years Plus 250mg/5ml Oral Solution 200ml, PL 00014/0619
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Paracetamol 6 Years Plus 250mg/5ml Suspension 100ml PL 00014/0619
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Ibuprofen 3 Months plus 100mg/5ml Oral suspension Strawberry flavour, PL 00014/0652
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Tickly Cough Relief Oral Solution PL 00014/0550
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Paracetamol 3 Months Plus 120mg/5ml Suspension 100ml PL 00014/0638
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Paracetamol 3 Months Plus 120mg/5ml Suspension 200ml PL 00014/0660
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Cough Syrup 3 Months Plus PL 00014/0500
  • Boots Pharmaceuticals Gripe Mixture 1 Month Plus PL 00014/523

The MHRA says Boots will refund people returning the medicines, and anyone with questions can call the company on 0800 915 0004 or speak to their local shop.

In a statement, Adam Burgess, the MHRA's head of Defective Medicines Reporting Centre says: "This is a precautionary recall by Boots and there is a low risk of plastic being found in bottles. There is currently no evidence that people have had any problems with these medicines.

"People should check their medicine cupboards at home and return these products to Boots. If people have any questions, they should contact Boots' customer care team or they can speak to their GP."


This article was updated after original publication to include additional recall items.

Published on December 12, 2013

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