Contaminated Children's Panadol recalled


20 May 2016 | Parents have been urged to stop use of the product immediately due to risks of allergic reaction.

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Contaminated batches of Children's Panadol are being pulled from pharmacy shelves due to concerns the medicine could cause an allergic reaction.

Three batches of flavoured Children's Panadol, suited for children ages 5-12 years, have been recalled due to traces of invisible minerals and fibres. The recalled batches could be less effective at treating illness and present a very low risk of allergic reaction.

Parents are being urged not to use the contaminated bottles, and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

How to identify a faulty batch

Affected batches include 200ml Children's Panadol in strawberry and orange flavours. The easiest way to spot a contaminated bottle is by its batch number, which is located at the bottom of the bottle label and embossed on the base of the outer box.

Recalled batch numbers include:

  • 136418 (strawberry flavour)
  • 136444 (strawberry flavour)
  • 136443 (orange flavour)

The expiry date for each of the recalled products is February of 2018. No other batches or bottle sizes have been contaminated.

Neither the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Australia, or the Department of Health have revealed if the contaminated medicine has led to any incidents.

Parents with questions or concerns are being advised to speak to a doctor or contact GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Australia on 1800 028 533.


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