It was announced last Friday, December 18, by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that nearly 700,000 units of Vicks Dayquil cold medicine were being recalled because they lack childproof packaging. The medicine was sold between September 2008 and December 2009 and affects only Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps. The UPC number is: 3 23900 01087 1.
In addition to the packaging lacking childproof safety features, it also doesn’t have the statement that the medication should be kept out of the reach of young children. If children swallow the medicine, they may suffer serious health problems or death, according to the commission.
It should not be any surprise to those around young children that they will put anything in their mouth given the chance. Children may also think the cold medicine is candy and be poisoned by it. Hundreds of thousands of people, not only children, are unintentionally poisoned by medications every year. While most of them will be fine after treatment, children are more difficult due to their small size. A few pills will affect an adult much differently than those same pills given to children.
All medicine, even that meant for children, should be kept out of reach of those who may not know what it is. If you suspect a child has been poisoned, call for medical help immediately. If you believe your child was able to get into the medication because it lacked a childproof feature, please contact us to find an experienced personal injury attorney in your area for an initial consultation.