|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: Ken Giles|
|July 21, 1997
|Release # 97-161|
CPSC, Lex Pharmaceutical Inc. Announce Recall of Vitamins
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lex
Pharmaceutical Inc. of Medley, Fla., is recalling about
25,000 bottles of vitamins and medicines because they do not
have child-resistant packaging as required by the
Poison Prevention Packaging Act. If accidentally swallowed
by children, these products can cause serious injury or
CPSC is not aware of any injuries involving these
products. However, about 50 children each year die from
poisoning after swallowing medicines and other toxic
This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of
The recalled products all have plain, screw-on caps.
The recall does not involve units with child resistant
closures. The recalled products were packaged by Lex
Pharmaceutical Inc., but some have different distributors.
The recalled products are:
The vitamins and medicines were mainly sold at small
pharmacies, and discount drug and retail stores in Puerto
Rico, New York, Florida and the Southeastern United States
from January 1996 through June 1997 for about $5.
- Multigon Junior, a 240-count bottle of chewable
vitamin mineral supplements for children, comes in a clear
bottle with a white label showing a spotted orange cat on
the front. It is distributed by Menper Distributors of Miami, Fla.
- Duralgina, a 30-count bottle of analgesic tablets
containing acetominophen, also is distributed by Menper
Distributors of Miami, Fla. It comes in a white bottle with
orange lettering with "THE SUPER STRENGTH PAIN RELIEVER"
written on the front.
- Cramps Out, a 24-count bottle of tablets containing
acetaminophen. It comes in a white and orange bottle
packaged in a box. The words "SLEEP AID AND PAIN RELIEVER"
and a diagram of a knotted rope within a leg are on the box
and bottle. It is distributed by Efficient Laboratories of
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Uni 1 Dose, a 100- and 365-count bottle of multiple
vitamins with iron that has a blue label on a white bottle
(100-count) or clear bottle (365-count). It is distributed
by Medley Pharmaceutical of Medley, Fla.
- Lexagran-M Vitamins, a l00- and 130-count bottle of
tablets, comes in a white bottle with an orange and blue
label design. The word "LEX" is written above the product
name. It is distributed by Lex Pharmaceutical.
- Hematinic Beef-Iron and Wine, a 16-oz. white or
brown bottle contains this liquid supplement which also has
"LEX" written above the product name with an orange and blue
label design, and is distributed by Medley Pharmaceutical.
- Supra-Vita, a 100-count bottle of vitamin tablets,
comes in a white bottle with a pink label. "Supra-Vita" is
written in green and most other writing on the bottle is
purple. It is distributed by Carifarma Pharmaceutical Inc.
of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Consumers should immediately discontinue use of the
recalled products and return them to the store where
purchased for a full refund. For more information about this
recall, consumers should call Lex Pharmaceutical at (800)
522-5712 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday
Inquiries in Spanish can be directed to JÚsus Chairez
at (214) 827-6239.