BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Update (1/30/19): A recall of three batches of infant ibuprofen has been expanded to include three additional batches sold in Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar. Please CLICK HERE for a list of the affected products.
Original: A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company is recalling infant ibuprofen that may contain higher, and possibly more dangerous, concentrations of the drug.
Tris Pharma Inc. has issued a nationwide recall on their "Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL" product which was sold 0.5 oz at CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar. The product is listed under brands such as CVS Health, Family Wellness, and Equate.
An ibuprofen overdose can cause nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, among other issues. Infants who consume too much of the product may be at risk of developing a renal injury, Tris Pharma says in a press release.
Walmart lot numbers include 00717009A (02/19 expiration), 00717015A (04/19 expiration) and 00717024A (08/19 expiration). CVS lot is 00717024A (08/19 expiration), and Family Dollar lot is 00717024A (08/19 expiration).
As of yet, there have been no reports of an illness related to the product.
“I mean it is kind of scary because you put a lot of trust in the industry to let you know how much medicine your child should receive,” says mother of three Elena Bearden.
A UAB Pediatrician told ABC 33/40 why the higher strength could be dangerous.
Dr. Candice Dye says, “You could be giving your child something that you may not think that you thought it was. With Ibuprofen for example it’s cleared through the kidneys. It’s the way our body processes it and metabolizes it so it can cause kidney damage."
If your child is sick there are alternatives.
Pharmacists say you can take Acetaminophen in place of Ibuprofen but they say you should know if a child takes too much Acetaminophen it can damage their liver.
Before you start taking medicine off a store shelf a pediatrician and a pharmacist both says there's something important you should know. For adults Ibuprofen is measured in milligrams but for young childrenthe dose is based on the child’s physical weight.
“It can be confusing sometimes for parents because the bottles may look the same when you pull it up in a syringe but the concentration being twice as what you think it is can obviously be very harmful,” says Dr. Dye.
Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Tris Customer Service at 732-940-0358 (Monday through Friday, 8:00am ET- 5:00pm PT) or via email at Customer Service Email.