Over 400,000 Bottles of Medication Sold Across US Recalled Over Safety Issue

By Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
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Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter based in Australia. She covers world news with a focus on U.S. news. Contact her at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com
June 17, 2022 Updated: June 17, 2022

More than 400,000 bottles of over-the-counter pain medication sold across the United States have been recalled because the bottles are not child-resistant, according to notices posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website.

About 137,300 units of Walgreens brand acetaminophen and 25,660 units of Kroger brand arthritis pain acetaminophen were recalled by Aurohealth.

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Recalled Walgreens Pain Reliever Acetaminophen 500 mg, 150 Count Bottle. (via U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Kroger Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen
Recalled Kroger Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen 650mg, 225 count bottle. (via U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Meanwhile, about 209,430 units of Kroger brand aspirin and ibuprofen were recalled by Time-Cap Lab, and about 34,660 units of Kroger brand acetaminophen were recalled by Sun Pharma.

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L: Recalled Kroger Aspirin, 81 mg Delayed-Release enteric-coated tablets, 300 count bottle. R: Recalled Kroger Ibuprofen, 200 mg soft gel capsules, 160 count bottle. (via U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
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Recalled Kroger Acetaminophen, 650 mg extended-release caplets, 100 count bottle. (via U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

All the recalled items are bottles that are not child-resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if young children manage to open the bottles and swallow the contents. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), signed into law in 1970, requires child-resistant packaging.

“The packaging required by the PPPA must be designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open within a reasonable time, and not difficult for normal adults to use properly,” the CPSC states.

People who have these recalled products are advised to store them in a safe location “out of reach and sight of children.”

For people who purchased the Walgreens brand acetaminophen, they are advised to contact Aurohealth for information on how to return the product to their nearest Walgreens store for a full refund.

For those who purchased the other products, which are Kroger brand, they are advised to contact Kroger on how to properly dispose of the product and receive a full refund.

Product recalls have hit a 10-year high in the United States this year, with more than 900 million units of products recalled in a number of industries during the first quarter of 2022, according to a report released by insurance company Sedgwick in late May.

Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter based in Australia. She covers world news with a focus on U.S. news. Contact her at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com