Class 2 Medicines Recall:Own-brand children’s glycerine and blackcurrant cough syrups manufactured by Bell, Sons & Co.

Bell, Sons & Co is recalling several batches of own-brand children’s blackcurrant cough syrups due to a small number of reports of mould.

Product information

Company name

Bell, Sons & Co.

Product description

Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour;

Bell’s Healthcare Children’s Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup;

Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution;

Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution;

Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup;

Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution;

Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup;

Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution

Brand & Product Description Batch Number D Code Expiry Date Pack Size Date Released
Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 274V1 D10-5120 01-Aug-2020 200 ml 27/09/2017
Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 276V1 D10-5120 01-Oct-2020 200 ml 31/10/2017
Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 278V1 D10-5120 01-Dec-2020 200 ml 02/01/2018
Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 283W1 D10-5120 01-Feb-2021 200 ml 19/02/2018
Bell’s Healthcare Children’s Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup 280V3 D10-4315 01-Dec-2020 200 ml 04/01/2018
Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 282W1 D10-4325 01-Jan-2021 200 ml 30/01/2018
Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V1 D10-4042 01-Dec-2020 200 ml 04/01/2018
Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 288W1 D10-4042 01-Apr-2021 200 ml 27/04/2018
Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup 275V1 D10-0112 01-Sep-2020 200 ml 11/10/2017
Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V2 D10-4695 01-Dec-2020 200 ml 04/01/2018
Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 284W1 D10-4695 01-Mar-2021 200 ml 24/03/2018
Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup 277V1 D10-4271 01-Oct-2020 200 ml 31/10/2017
Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup 278V2 D10-4271 01-Dec-2020 200 ml 02/01/2018
Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup 281W1 D10-4271 01-Jan-2021 200 ml 30/01/2018
Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 275V2 D10-0310 01-Sep-2020 200 ml 11/10/2017

Brief description of the problem

Bell, Sons & Co (Bells) is recalling 15 batches of the cough syrups listed above to patient-level as a precautionary measure due to a small number of reports of mould.

Advice for healthcare professionals

This Drug Alert is provided to healthcare professionals for information in case you receive any queries or Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) relating to this issue.

This is a GSL product which has been sold from the retail shops Tesco, Asda, Wilkos, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Superdrug in the retailer’s livery and one pharmacy chain (Numark, in Numark livery). It has also been supplied in Bell, Sons & Co livery to Poundstretcher and to a number of wholesalers. All retailers and wholesale customers have been notified and stock is already being recalled at store level. Patients are being asked to return bottles from the above batches to the shop they bought it from.

At the time of writing the MHRA has not received any reports of ADRs relating to this issue.

The mould has been identified as Penicillium decumbens, Penicillium corylophilum and Penicillium brevicompactum. Although these moulds may be inactivated in the stomach, there is a low potential risk of systemic infection in younger or immunocompromised children, causing symptoms of infection such as fever.

Penicillium brevicompactum and Penicillium corylophilum can produce mycotoxins. Reactions to these mycotoxins are rare in reported literature but there is a low risk they could induce non-specific toxin reactions that could include rashes, breathing difficulties and Gastro-Intestinal (GI) symptoms.

There is also a low risk of allergen-mediated disease either through inhalation or ingestion of Penicillium antigens to occur, causing allergic symptoms.

Grocery stores and Numark Pharmacies

Please quarantine and return all stock of this product to your supplier as per the instructions provided by Bell, Sons & Co If your customers return stock to you, please return it to your supplier.

Wholesalers

Wholesalers are requested to return any remaining stock of this product to their original supplier for credit. Wholesalers who have received affected stock in Bell, Sons & Co livery (Batch 280V3) are listed below:

Wholesalers  
Aprino Inspira
Awan Lexon
B&J Supplies Mister Discount
De Pharma Rayburn
Durham Roys Of Wroxham
Eclipse Sangers Maidstone
Ethigen Sangers NI
GD Cooper Sigma
Heath & Pratt Trago Mills
Homeware  

Patients and parents

It is important for people to check if they have any bottles from the batches of the blackcurrant cough syrups listed above. If they do, they should not take them or give them to others. They should return any bottles of the batches above to the shop or pharmacy they bought it from. The mould is not always visible so they should return any bottles of the cough syrups from the batches above even if they can’t see the mould.

Whilst the possibility of a reaction to the mould is low, if parents are concerned their child has had a reaction they should speak to their GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

As with any medicine, we strongly encourage anyone to report any suspected side effects to the MHRA via our Yellow Card Scheme.

Company contacts for further information

Medical information enquiries

Trevor Price Pharmacovigilance Manager and Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) Bells Healthcare Cheshire House Gorsey Lane Widnes Cheshire WA8 0RP Tel: 0151 422 1216 Mobile: 07739327095 Email:Trevor.Price@bells-healthcare.co.uk

Stock enquiries

Jackie Kermode Sales Office Manager Bells healthcare Cheshire House Gorsey Lane Widnes Cheshire WA8 0RP Tel: 0151 422 1214 Email: Jackie.Kermode@bells-healthcare.co.uk

Recipients of this Drug Alert should bring it to the attention of relevant contacts by copy of this letter. NHS regional teams are asked to forward this to community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists and general practitioners for information.

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Class 2 Medicines Recall: Own-brand children’s glycerine and blackcurrant cough syrups manufactured by Bell, Sons & Co

Published 20 June 2018