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chspharmacy[KHTS] – CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy store-brand children’s cough medicine was issued a voluntary recall by the company that produces the medicine on Monday.

According to a press release from Perrigo, the company that produces the cough medicine, two variants of their children’s “guaifenesin medicine” had to be recalled due to the oral dosing cup “having incorrect dose markings.”

Two batches of its Perrigo’s 100 milligram guaifenesin grape liquid and three batches of its children’s 100 milligram guaifenesin DM cherry liquid, sold in four ounce bottles, were both recalled at the store level.

These recalled products are sold by distributors nationwide and distributed through retail stores, such as the Rite Aid and CVS located around the Santa Clarita Valley.

“There have been no reports of adverse events to Perrigo as a result of the incorrect dosage markings,” Perrigo’s Chairman and CEO Joseph C. Papa said. “Perrigo is taking this action to maintain the highest possible product quality standards for our retail customers and consumers. We are taking this action because it is the right thing to do.”

According to Michael DeAngelis, senior director of corporate communications with CVS, none of the product was sold to customers and never made it to any CVS store, as any product affected by the recall is being stored in distribution centers.

Once Rite Aid became aware of the recall, they began the immediate removal of all Rite Aid brand 100 milligram guaifenesin DM cherry liquid from store shelves, according to Kristin Kellum, public relations specialist with Rite Aid.

Customers who have purchased the product are encouraged to bring it back to Rite Aid for a full refund, and can find information about the recall on the store’s website. Rite Aid has contacted some customers who have purchased this product to alert them of the recall, Kellum said.

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Above are product numbers for the affected bottles of guaifenesin cough medicine.

Consumers that have product with the corresponding labels and batch numbers listed above should discard the dosing device and product and may call Perrigo, toll free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, at 1-888-345-0479, or visit their website.

The recall is being handled with the FDA’s knowledge, and if any customer has a problem with the recall or product itself, they can contact the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online.

The cough medicine helps loosen mucus and thin bronchial secretions and makes coughs more productive, as well as in the case of the DM product to temporarily relieve: coughs due to minor throat irritations, the intensity of coughing, and the impulse to cough, according to the press release.

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