"Parents urged to check children's medicines after plastic contaminated some batches," the Daily Mirror has reported.
Several similar headlines in The Independent and on BBC News have highlighted a product recall for Tixylix cough syrup, which is available over the counter at pharmacies.
Some bottles of the product may contain pieces of plastic due to a fault with the tamper seal. Tixylix maker Novartis Consumer Health has informed the UK drug regulator, the MHRA, of the problem.
For details on how to return a Tixylix product, or any other related to the recall, contact Novartis Consumer Health on 0800 854 100 or www.tixylix.co.uk.
Adam Burgess, head of the Defective Medicines Reporting Centre at the MHRA told the media: "This is a precautionary recall and there is currently no evidence that people have had any problems with these medicines.
"If people have bought Tixylix we ask that they check the batch number on the bottle label next to the expiry date to see if it is one of the batches being recalled. If anyone has an affected batch they should return it to the place of purchase for a refund."
Separately, Boots Pharmaceuticals has issued a recall for all batches of a range of of paracetamol, gripe mixture and cough and cold medicines because of a similar manufacturing problem.
What is Tixylix?
Tixylix is a brand of cough medicine in a liquid form. It is marketed in different varieties for babies or toddlers.
The specific indications vary according to the particular medicine.
The preparations that are currently being recalled by the manufacturer are:
- Tixylix Baby Syrup 100ml
- Tixylix Blackcurrent Flavour Syrup 100ml
- Tixylix Chesty Cough 100ml
- Tixylix Toddler Syrup 100ml or 150ml
What is the problem with these cough medicines?
Novartis Consumer Health has been alerted to a potential manufacturing fault with the "tamper seal" on the products. This may have resulted in small pieces of plastic getting into the liquid medicines.
This potential defect is only said to affect the above batches of Tixylix manufactured after October 2012 and with an expiry date ranging from 01/08/15 to 01/06/16. The current recall is a precautionary measure only: so far no defective products have been found, and no reported adverse events.
Boots Pharmaceuticals is aware of a similar problem, has advised a precautionary recall and has had no reports of adverse events.
What does the MHRA advise parents concerned about these cough medicines?
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the body that regulates the safety of medicines and medical products in the UK, generally recommends that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines shouldn't be given to children under the age of six.
The MHRA recommended at the end of last week that pharmacists and retailers quarantine all unexpired stock of the Tixylix products listed above, and return it to their original supplier for credit.
"Parents urged to check children's medicines after plastic contaminated some batches," the Daily Mirror has reported...
Links to Headlines
Parents urged to check children's medicines after plastic contaminated some batches. Daily Mirror, December 13 2013
Alert prompts Tixylix cough syrups recall. The Independent, December 13 2013
Tixylix cough medicines recall over contamination fear. BBC News, December 13 2013
MHRA. Class 2 Medicines Recall (action within 48 hours): Tixylix® liquid medicines - Novartis Consumer Health UK Ltd (EL (13)A/30). Published December 13 2013
MHRA. Company-led drug recall: Boots Pharmaceuticals (various products) - The Boots Company PLC - CLDA (13)A09. Published December 12 2013
Tixylix official website: product recall notice. December 13 2013