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CVS, Walmart Recall Infant Ibuprofen, Higher Concentrations Than Listed

A pharmaceutical company that distributes liquid ibuprofen to CVS and Walmart stores is recalling its generic infant ibuprofen products.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, some CVS Health and Equate brand ibuprofen liquid products for infants may contain higher concentrations of the active ingredient ibuprofen than stated on the label. In the FDA statement, it reads that some packages have a concentration 10 percent above the stated amount.

The affected bottles were labeled “Concentrated Ibuprofen Oral Suspension, USP” with a concentration of 50 mg of ibuprofen per 1.25 mL. They came in 0.5 oz and 1 oz bottles.

The FDA says too much ibuprofen can cause kidney damage. However, most children can tolerate “doses of ibuprofen up to 700 percent” of the recommended dosage.

The recall includes the following products:

  • CVS Health: Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, in 0.5 oz. bottle, expiration date 12/19, sold at CVS Pharmacy
  • Equate: Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, in 1.0 oz. bottle, expiration date 2/19, sold at WalMart
  • CVS Health: Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, in 1.0 oz. bottle, expiration date 2/19, sold at CVS Pharmacy

No injuries or illnesses have been reported in connection to this recall.

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