Walgreens and Kroger are recalling thousands of painkiller pill bottles due to a lack of child-resistant packaging, as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA).
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The pharmacy chain is recalling 137,300 units of its 500-milligram, 150-unit extra-strength acetaminophen bottles. Meanwhile, Kroger’s recall includes 25,660 units of its 225-dose acetaminophen bottles for arthritis pain, 34,660 units of its 100-dose acetaminophen bottles and 209,430 units of its 300-dose aspirin bottles. doses and its 160-dose ibuprofen bottles.
“The product packaging is not child-resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
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Kroger’s 225-count acetaminophen vials were sold nationwide from December 2021 through March 2022, while the 100-count acetaminophen vials were sold nationwide from October 2021 through March 2022.
Aspirin bottles were sold nationwide from August 2021 to March 2022, while ibuprofen bottles were sold nationwide from July 2021 to March 2022.
Stores that have sold the bottles include Bakers, City Market, Dillons, Dillons Marketplace, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food and Drug, Fry’s Marketplace, Fry’s Mercado, Gerbes, JayC, JayC Food Plus, King Soopers, King Soopers Fresh Fare, King Soopers Marketplace, Kroger, Kroger Fresh Fare, Kroger Marketplace, Mariano’s, Metro Market, Payless Super Market, Pick ‘n Save, Pick ‘n Save Marketplace, Quality Food Center (QFC), Ralph’s, Ralph’s Fresh Fare, Smith’s and Smith’s Marketplace.
As for Walgreens, the 150-unit bottles of acetaminophen were sold in its stores nationwide from October 2021 to April 2022.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers with the recalled bottles to store them in a safe place, out of the reach of children. No incidents or injuries related to the recalls have been reported to date.
Consumers can contact Kroger and Walgreens to find out how to properly dispose of the recalled bottles and receive a full refund.