The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 700,000 packages of Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps because the packaging is not child-resistant and lacks the statement “This Package for Households Without Young Children,” as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The medicine in the Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu medicine contains acetaminophen and could cause serious health problems or death to a child if several of the capsules are swallowed.
To date, the drug maker Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, has received no reports of injuries as a result of the mislabeled packaging.
Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps comes in orange packaging with the green Vicks symbol and is marked with the UPC#: 3 23900 01087 1. No other Vicks product is included in the recall. The recalled product was sold at drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers over-the-counter nationwide between September 2008 and December 2009 for about $5 per package.
Consumers are advised to keep the product out of reach of children. Those who purchased the product with the expectation that it would be in child-resistant packaging can contact Procter & Gamble for a full refund or a replacement coupon. Adult consumers can continue to use the product as directed. Any incident or injury reports related to this or any other product should be reported to the CSPC at www.CPSC.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.
For more information, contact Procter & Gamble at (800) 251-3374 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.Vicks.com.