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Parents take precautions with kids’ medicine recall

MANATEE — Area parents of young children are aware of the recent national recall of several infant and children medicines and are taking precaution to insure their wards are safe.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare made a voluntary recall of liquid medicinal products Friday, such as Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Motrin, Children’s Zyrtec and Children’s Benadryl.

The recalls were due to concerns with purity or potency of the products.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has the complete list of recalled products on its website.

John Burns, spokesman for the Manatee County Health Department, said they have not received any calls or visits in regards to the recall.

“There is a large number of Internet-savvy people today,” Burns said. “The FDA site is very informative.”

Many parents did what Jack Hart did — call his children’s doctor to seek guidance.

Both of Hart’s children, a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old, have been sick for about a week with running noses and vomiting and he was giving them the children’s Tylenol and Benadryl.

Over the weekend they did not seem to be getting any better.

“I didn’t know if it was because of the recalled medicine or not,” Hart said. “When I heard about the recall, I called the doctor.”

His physician looked up the lot number of the medicine Hart had and told him to stop giving it to the children.

Hart said he will not know if it was the medicine that prolonged the illnesses until a couple of days when the children’s system is clear of the medicine.

“They have never been this sick,” he said. “If they get better, then I can’t blame the medicine.”

Until then Hart said he will continue to stay home from work to be with his children and make sure they do not get any worse.

“The doctor said to bring them in if things change or to take them to emergency if it’s after hours,” he said.

Robert Pelot, owner and pharmacist at Pelot’s Drug Store, 831 Manatee Ave. E., said he has not received any calls or questions about the recalled products.

“My staff removed them from the shelves,” Pelot said.

Ray Fusco, CEO of Manatee County Rural Health Services, a county-side non-profit health system, said they have not had any queries either.

“Our pharmacy did alert our providers about the recall,” Fusco said, “just in case they were not aware of it.”

The FDA recommends using the generic version of the recalled products and not to use adult strength products not intended for children.