Infants’ Motrin Drops Recall: Have You Checked Your Baby’s Medicine?

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Infants' Motrin under recall- check your medicine cabinet to see if yours is affected! Image by Decoded Science

Infants’ Motrin under recall- check your medicine cabinet to see if yours is affected! Image by Decoded Science

The McNeil Consumer Healthcare company is voluntarily recalling their infants’ Motrin concentrated drops. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the McNeil Consumer Healthcare company is recalling 200,000 bottles of Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz bottles that are sold in the United States.

To date, there have not been any reports of injury or adverse health effects from these lots of Infants’ Motrin.

Recalling Motrin for Babies: Plastic in the Drops

On September 6, 2013, McNeil Consumer Healthcare company decided to recall their Infants’ Motrin due to tiny pieces of plastic that were found in some of the bottles of medicine. These plastic particles are about one millimeter, which is about the size of a poppy seed. Although this contaminated lot of medication was not released to the market, to be on the safe side, the makers of Motrin are recalling the product.

Where did the plastic bits come from? A third-party supplier of ibuprofen, which is the active ingredient in Motrin. McNeil Consumer Healthcare company is working closely with the third party supplier to figure out how the plastic particles got in the product, and how they can ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Is My Baby’s Motrin Safe?

Although the makers of Motrin recalled the product before it hit the shelves, they are recalling three different lots of medicine that might also contain the same plastic bits, just in case. The following details are provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

Which products are affected? “Product name: Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz bottles. NDC 50580-100-18″

Which lot numbers are affected? “The three lots numbers include: DCB3T01, DDB4R01, and DDB4S01.” (You can find your lot number on the box, next to the expiration date. The bottle itself will also have the lot number next to the date stamp.

The McNeil Consumer Healthcare company is asking that consumers check their bottles of Infants’ Motrin and see if the number on the bottle matches one of the recalled lot numbers. If you do have a recalled bottle of this Motrin, then stop using it and throw it away.

Motrin Recall: No Injuries Yet

So far there haven’t been any reports of injuries from this recall, and the FDA doesn’t expect any serious adverse effects to occur. However, if you do have a bottle of recalled Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor in the half ounce bottles, fill out your refund form and then throw away the Motrin. The infants’ Motrin in the one ounce bottles, as well as the children’s and adult’s Motrin are not affected by this recall and are safe to use, according to the manufacturer. Motrin’s website. The company is also offering a refund by filling out this form with the correct information, you can receive a refund or a product coupon.

Resources:

Motrin. Recent News on Infants’ Motrin, and Refund Form. (2013). Accessed September 10, 2013.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Recall Firm Press Release. (2013). Accessed September 10, 2013.

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