Paracetamol is a staple drug in bathroom cabinets across the country. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 90 per cent of homes contain paracetamol-based products.
As such, any issues pertaining to paracetamol could impact a large percentage of the Australian public. In fact, this is one of the reasons behind a significant product recall by the manufacturer Apotex published Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.
In a September 2 media statement, the authority, alongside the manufacturer, Apotex, recalled one batch of its APO-Paracetamol 500 mg tablets. The recall followed a complaint from a customer who found a small piece of latex inside one of the tablets.
The latex is likely to be from a glove, but poses a potential hazard to anyone allergic to the material. Fortunately, Apotex believes this was a one-off incident, but can’t guarantee that more latex won’t be found in the affected batch.
What should consumers be looking out for?
There are many paracetamol-based products on the market today, but this particular recall is only for tablets within the batch number X40466, expiry date 05/2016. According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, these tablets were sold to both pharmacies and health facilities, which then add them to dose administration aids. This includes dosette boxes and Webster-paks.
While individual tablets don’t contain any information that would identify that it’s from the batch, this data should be presented on the medicine listing also provided.
As such, the Therapeutic Goods Administration recommends that patients check the batch details. If APO-Paracetamol is listed, then return it for replacement. Health professionals, pharmacies and health facilities are asked to contact the patients with the affected paracetamol batch and arrange to replace the drugs as soon as possible.
Apotex has provided further details on the recall to pharmacies and health facilities to ensure all tablets are returned to the manufacturer.
Product recall and negligence
Businesses have a responsibility to provide safe medical products to their customers. If this doesn’t occur and someone gets sick or worse, this could open up the potential for compensation.
Regardless of whether a product has been recalled or not, if you experience negative effects after using a product, it may be advisable to contact a compensation lawyer.
A legal professional can analyse the details of your case and decide whether there is a good chance of claiming some form of compensation.