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  • Children’s Medication Recall Alert

    Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers alert parents and consumers to a recall in children's medication. Tris Pharma is recalling three lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension – or liquid ibuprofen – because the product may contain a higher concentration of the medication than intended. The recalled infants’ pain reliever and fever reducer is sold at stores like CVS, Wal-Mart, and Family Dollar.

    Possible Health Complications

    Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, and is typically used for mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation management. Although ibuprofen can effectively treat numerous medical complaints, it can also cause serious problems when taken in too large of a dose.

    According to Tris Pharma’s statement on its liquid ibuprofen recall, there is a “remote possibility” that certain infants will experience permanent, irreversible kidney injury resulting from exposure to the medication. The condition, known as permanent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-associated kidney injury, can lead to permanent kidney failure and death. The company also admits to other potential side effects, like gastrointestinal bleeding and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears).

    While Tris Pharma claims that only children who are more susceptible to higher dosages of ibuprofen are at risk for serious health problems, the truth is that too much of the drug can cause illness, injury, and death in just about anyone. There are many potential side effects from taking ibuprofen – especially when an infant or child takes too much. Some of the side effects to look out for in younger individuals include:

    • Diarrhea and/or constipation;
    • Headache;
    • Nausea and/or vomiting;
    • Upset stomach;
    • Dizziness, and:
    • Drowsiness

    Infants and children experience ibuprofen-related overdoses much quicker than adults do – and the chances of this happening rapidly increase when a manufacturing error results in highly concentrated lots of the medication. If an infant or child is experiencing any of the above symptoms or black or tarry stools, shallow breathing, coughing up blood, fainting, or is unresponsive or acting lethargic, please call 9-1-1 or the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) right away.

    How to Identify Recalled Medication Lots

    The recall includes three different 0-.5 ounce lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension. Refer to the list below to see if you have any of the recalled medications in your possession (if you do, discontinue use immediately):

    • Wal-Mart stores: National Drug Code, or NDC: 49025-125-23. Lot numbers: 00717009A, 00717015A, and 00717024A. Expiration dates: 02/19, 04/19, and 08/19
    • Family Dollar stores: NDC: 55319-250-23. Lot number: 00717024A. Expiration date: 08/19, and:
    • CVS Pharmacy: NDC: 59779-925-23. Lot number: 00717024A. Expiration date: 08/19

    Medicine manufacturers are legally required to abide by certain safety and health requirements in order to keep consumers safe; safety standards for infant and children’s products are often even more stringent.

    If your child took recalled liquid ibuprofen and experienced illness or injury as a result, please contact a representative at our firm directly.

    Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at Galfand Berger, LLP Representing Injured Individuals Since 1947

    If your child became ill after taking recalled medication, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Galfand Berger review your case for free. With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.