Recent Recall Highlights Importance of Child Medication Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on March 1, 2013

Naples personal injury attorneyNaples parents should be aware that Novartis is recalling 2.3 million containers of its Triaminic® Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups due to a defect in the child-resistant caps. This is very disconcerting, particularly as we are in the midst of one of the worst cold and flu seasons.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the child-resistant caps on these medicines can fail to function properly and enable the cap to be removed by a child even with the tamper-evident seal in place. This, of course, poses a risk of unintentional ingestion and poisoning.

The recent recall highlights the importance of child medication safety. Even products that are advertised as “child-resistant” may fail to live up to expectations. As a result, it is important to make sure all medications are stored safely out of the reach of small children.

As Cape Coral injury attorneys, we would like to share the following tips:

  • Always store medicines and vitamins in a locked location, out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Always put medicines and vitamins away after every use.  Never leave them on the counter between dosings. Don’t be tempted to “keep them handy” in a purse, backpack, or briefcase, or in an unlocked cabinet or a drawer within a child’s reach.
  • Buy child-resistant packages when available and securely close them every time.
  • Remind babysitters, houseguests, and visitors to keep purses and bags that contain medicine up and away when they visit your home.
  • Never leave any medicines out or on a counter.
  • Program the poison control center number ‒ 1-800-222-1222 ‒ into your home and cell phones so you have it when you need it.

Source: SafeKids.org

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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