Hospitals to keep close eyes on recalled child medications

The Vietnam Drug Administration has ordered hospitals to strictly monitor the use and affects of several children’s and infant medications following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of over 40 over-the-counter drugs.

Three of the Children's Tylenol products that are being recalled in the 2010 Tylenol and liquid related product recall.

Liquid medicines like the Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, and Zyrtec brand names were recalled in the US and Vietnam must now monitor the application of these drugs, the administration said.

This recall is not due to any adverse reaction to the medications. The FDA simply noted that the medications did not meet its quality standards.

Some of the products included in the recall may contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles, according to the FDA.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health is following FDA announcements on the issue closely to ensure patients’ rights.

Most of the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products in Vietnam are made in Thailand, and imported and distributed by PhytoPharma. The drugs are sold without a doctor’s prescription.

By Q. Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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