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Thursday, February 11, 1999 Published at 06:41 GMT


Child medicine recalled

Parents are advised to return bottles to pharmacists

Around 50,000 samples of a popular children's medicine have been recalled amid fears that high levels of paracetamol may be concentrated at the top of the bottle.

Janet Bennett-Powell:"Worried parents are being urged to call their GP"
The prescription-only bottles of Calpol Paediatric Suspension and Calpol Paediatric Sugar Free Suspension should be returned to pharmacists.

The medicines are commonly used to relieve pain and high temperature.

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Warner Lambert says bottles prescribed from 1 December 1998 should not be used.

Parents have been warned to consult their doctor if they have given children the medicines in the last few days.

Paracetomol is usually a very safe drug, but in rare cases it can cause gastrointestinal and skin problems.

High doses of paracetamol may cause liver failure.

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Dr Nick Pickvance, head of Warner Lambert's European operation, said: "Our studies shown that paracetamol is concentrated in the top layer.

Dr Nick Pickvance of Warner Lambert: "Paracetamol may be concentrated at the top of the bottle"
"If the medicine was shaken as directed then there would be no safety risk but as a precautionary measure we are withdrawing the bottles and recalling all supplies from our wholesalers.

"We believe the risk to be minimal but we would ask parents to contact their doctors if they have given this medicine to their child in the last two or three days."

The recall does not include Calpol products sold directly over the counter at pharmacies in a purple carton.

Products not affected are Calpol Infant Suspension 70ml, 140ml and sachets, Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension 140ml and sachets, Calpol Six Plus and Calpol Six Plus Sugar Free Colour Free 100ml.

A 24-hour free helpline has been set up by the company on 0800 389 3897.

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