The company that makes a liquid pain reliever for infants has recalled specific lots of the medicine because they could contain tiny plastic particles.
Families who bought the recalled lots of Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor in half-ounce bottles should stop using the medication and dispose of it, according to the company’s website. You can request a refund or a coupon to replace the product.
Plastic particles about 1 mm in size (the size of a poppy seed) were discovered in a lot of the medicine that was not released to stores. The particles were in ibuprofen, the active ingredient in the Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops that came from a third-party supplier, according to McNeil Consumer Healthcare. The company decided to recall all lots that used the same batch of ibuprofen.
The particles are non-toxic, and if a child ingested medication from the recalled bottles, the likelihood of adverse medical effects is unlikely, the company says.
“If parents have questions, they can call their doctor or pharmacist to help answer them,” says pediatric pharmacist Jenny Boucher with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Read More
A new flu vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza will be offered to children in Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)’s primary care physician practices.
The traditional trivalent vaccine contains two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B, because the influenza A strains were causing more severe illness and hospitalizations. The World Health Organization decides which strains to include in the vaccine.
“Over time it has been noticed that more severe disease and hospital admissions are due to the influenza B strains,” says LVHN pharmacist Jarrod Kile. “Therefore, drug companies have been working toward a quadrivalent vaccine that contains two strains of influenza A and influenza B to better protect the public against the influenza virus.”
The new quadrivalent vaccine eventually will replace the trivalent vaccine that has been available historically. But this year, drug companies have been able to produce only a limited supply of the quadrivalent vaccine. Read More
People at high risk for influenza complications should avoid agricultural fairs this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.
The advice was prompted by reports that people were infected with swine flu after being exposed to pigs at an agricultural fair in June, according to a CDC advisory. The cases involved the H3N2v strain of the influenza A virus.
The viruses are like those detected last summer, when a multi-state outbreak sickened 306 people, hospitalizing 16 and killing one. Symptoms are similar to those of the seasonal flu, including fever, cough, inflammation of the throat, headache and muscle pain.
People at high risk for influenza complications include: Read More
With the first day of spring coming next week, you might think your risk for catching the flu is long gone.
Not the case, according to Luther Rhodes, MD, director of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Division of Infectious Diseases. It’s still a busy flu season, and it’s still wise to get a flu shot if you haven’t already, Rhodes told The Morning Call.
The number of flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania this year shows how severe it was this season: 174 people died of influenza complications, compared to only 11 last year, according to The Morning Call’s report.
With the incidence of whooping cough at its highest point nationally in 50 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced a plan to protect children being carried by pregnant women.
“I believe that this new approach will be beneficial to the infant,” says Thomas Hutchinson, MD, the chair for the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Lehigh Valley Health Network, regarding a new vaccine schedule that calls for booster tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) immunizations during each pregnancy. Read More