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Multiple varieties of Children’s Robitussin recalled due to “missing graduation marks”

We typically write here about recalls and issues concerning toxins, and while today’s post doesn’t have anything to do with toxins, we feel that it’s important information nonetheless. GSK Consumer Healthcare is recalling 3 lots of their products, Children’s Robitussin Honey Cough, Chest Congestion DM, and Dimetapp Cold and Cough. The products as we said aren’t being recalled because of toxic chemicals, but instead because according to the FDA “the inclusion of incorrect dosing cups.” The recalled products were distributed nationwide between February 5, 2020 and June 3, 2020.


Recalled Products:

Children’s Robitussin Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM (4oz)

NDC: 0031-8760-12

Lot: 02177 Expires January 2022

Lot: 02178 Expires January 2022


Children’s Dimetapp Cold and Cough (8oz)

NDC: 0031-2234-19

Lot: CL8292 Expires September 2021


The dosing cups for Children’s Robitussin Honey are missing the 5 mL and 10 mL indicator lines. The dosing cups for the Children’s Dimetapp are missing 10 mL indicators. That means that each product included dosing cups with only 20 mL indicator lines. The inability to properly dose something even as harmless as Robitussin could have dire consequences. According to the FDA, improper dosage of these products could lead to one or more of the following symptoms:  impaired coordination; brain stimulation causing increase in energy, elevation in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration; a lack of energy and enthusiasm; severe dizziness or drowsiness; slow heart rate; fainting; psychotic behaviour; restlessness; seizure; decreased respiration; nausea; vomiting; constipation; diarrhea; abdominal pain; visual and hearing hallucinations; urinary retention.

So far, neither GSK nor the FDA has received any reports of medical issues related to the missing indicator lines. Retailers and wholesalers are being asked to return unsold quantities of the recalled products, and consumers should contact their family doctors if they’ve had any negative effects from using the products.

To read the FDA’s full release on the recall, click here: