If You Bought This Drug At Walmart, Stop Using It Now – Best Life
The beauty of shopping at Walmart is the wide variety of products the store offers. You can find everything you need in one convenient place, whether you’re shopping for barbecue supplies or a new outfit for 4th of July celebrations. Walmart even has a pharmacy, where you can easily fill prescriptions or buy medicine to treat any ailment or pain. But now the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a new warning about a common drug sold at Walmart that you’ll want to stop using immediately. Read on to find out what you’ll want to purge from your medicine cabinet.
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Being notified of recalls can be confusing, as they often indicate that a product, food or medicine could be unsafe to use or consume. And recently, various products were recalled, including another drug, which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says could put anyone taking it at serious risk. According to the June 29 announcement, California-based Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of one batch of its Morphine Sulfate 30mg Sustained Release Tablets and Morphine Sulfate Sustained Release Tablets 60mg due to a packaging error which swapped tags.
Confusion could lead to overdose or death in those taking 60 mg tablets instead of 30 mg, and withdrawal or untreated pain in those taking 30 mg instead of 60 mg, according to the FDA. Those who had the affected drug, identified by lot numbers 179642 and 179643, were ordered by the FDA to stop using it immediately. And although the recalled tablets were prescribed to treat more severe pain, a more common painkiller could now also put you at risk.
On June 30, the CPSC announced that Mohnark Pharmaceuticals had voluntarily recalled its Topical anesthetic cream with lidocaine 4%. According to the notice, the product came in a white tube with a flip top closure and had the name “Mohnark Pharmaceuticals” on the right side of the tube, printed below the company’s blue and green logo. A total of eight lots were affected by the recall, identified by the codes 01202201, 210201, 210301, 210503, 210505, 210601, 211002, and 210401. On the lower side panel, the recalled lidocaine also has a Universal Product Code (UPC ) of 86000023224906 .
Lidocaine skin cream or ointment is an anesthetic, according to the Cleveland Clinic, that can help relieve and prevent pain, causing loss of sensation in the skin and surrounding tissues.
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About 9,000 units of the anesthetic cream were sold online at Walmart.com and Amazon.com between January 2021 and January 2022, typically priced at $7, the CPSC said. But the product is dangerous to have at home due to its lack of childproof packaging.
In accordance with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), lidocaine must be supplied in child-resistant packaging, as the product could be toxic if opened and ingested by a young child.
According to the CPSC, to ensure everyone in your home is safe, including children and grandchildren, you should stop using the recalled lidocaine and ensure it is kept out of sight and of the reach of children.
And while no injuries have been reported, consumers are urged to contact Mohnark Pharmaceuticals for reimbursement and instructions on how to properly dispose of lidocaine. If you are a “known buyer,” the company will contact you directly, the CPSC said.
You can call Mohnark Pharmaceuticals toll-free between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) Monday through Friday at 866-611-5206. The CPSC also lists Mohnark’s website as a method of contact, www.mohnark.com, but the site is “currently under construction” and did not allow access to recall information prior to publication.