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Millions of J&J OTC allergy and pain meds recalled

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Johnson & Johnson is recalling millions of packages of over-the-counter drugs for allergies and pain due to manufacturing problems, according to published reports.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that J&J would recall 4 million packages of cherry- and grape-flavored Children’s Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablets for allergies and 800,000 bottles of children’s Motrin (ibuprofen), a pain drug.

The company told the Times that the recall was at the wholesale and retail level and would not affect drugs already purchased by consumers.

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Iatrical to roll out Sippy Sure

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Iatrical Innovations soon will launch a product designed to make giving medicine to toddlers easier.

Iatrical announced Monday the upcoming launch of Sippy Sure, a medication-dispensing sippy cup, originally invented by a doctor and father of two small children.

The cup keeps the medicine and drink separate, but mixes them as the child drinks, thus concealing the medicine.

Sippy Sure cups retail for $8.99.

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FDA issues warning over use of dietary supplements containing sildenafil

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday reported that Vigor-25, a product inappropriately marketed as a natural dietary supplement to enhance male sexual performance, should not be purchased or used because it contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in the prescription drug Viagra.

 

“This product is dangerous to consumers because it claims to contain only natural ingredients when it actually contains a prescription drug ingredient,” stated Deborah Autor, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Tainted products place consumers at risk of injury and death, especially those consumers with underlying health conditions.”

 

 

Vigor-25, distributed by Piston, is sold on Internet sites and possibly in some retail outlets, the FDA reported.

 

 

Sildenafil may interact with prescription drugs known as nitrates, including nitroglycerin, and can dangerously lower blood pressure. The FDA is investigating the reported death of a 26-year-old man, possibly associated with the use of Vigor-25.

 

 

The FDA has found many products marketed as dietary supplements for sexual enhancement during the past several years that can be harmful because they contain active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs or variations of these ingredients. Sexual-enhancement products promising rapid effects (e.g., claim to work in minutes to hours) or long-lasting effects (e.g., claim to last 24 to 72 hours) likely contain a contaminant, the FDA stated.

 

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