Due to unsecured and incorrectly sealed caps, Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc. quietly issued a product recall on last Thursday for its over-the-counter laxative MiraLAX. MiraLAX, a Polyethylene Glycol 3350 is a treatment for constipation. Recalled products from the company include MiraLAX Laxative Power (30-day dose, 17.9 oz.) which has a UPC (barcode) of 4110082071 and MiraLAX Laxative Powder (30 day dose, 19.9 oz.) with a UPC of 4110080770.
MiraLAX is a powder laxative medicine which is sold over the counter without needing a doctor’s prescription. Primarily, the laxative drugs are used for occasional constipation and not for extended or daily usage. MiraLAX works by causing the retention of water in the body and thus makes the easy bowl movement.
In addition to MiraLAX, Schering-Plough manufactures popular allergy drugs are Clarinex and Claritin. The pharmaceutical company also possesses the product lines for Dr. Scholl’s and Coppertone. In 2009, they merged with Merck. Schering-Plough stresses that the recall is simply for unwanted effects and said that there are no reports on consumer injuries.
Product Recall Detail:
- Miralax 30-day Dose
- Recall Date: July 15, 2010
- Product: Miralax 30 Dose with 4-count sachet
- Size: 17.9 oz having UPC: 4110080771 and 19.9 oz. having UPC: 4110080770
- Reason: The cap is not correctly re-sealable and poses a safety concern.
- Customers may return product to any Giant store for a full refund.
- Customers can also call Giant’s Customer Service at 1-888-469-4426 Monday-Friday 9am -5 pm ET.
The company also claims, “MiraLAX is safe and effective – and is available without a prescription. It is the first prescription laxative in more than 30 years to be made available over-the-counter (OTC)”.
The recall by Schering-Plough comprises the thirty day supply versions of the MiraLAX. One is a 17.9 oz bottle, while the other is a 19.9 oz with a four count sachet included. Same version of drugs has caps which may be improperly fitted to the bottle, triggering possible outside contamination or a choking hazard to young children. If the bottle has questionable cap, the medication should be disposed of. Consumers can also contact to their customer service representatives with any questions about the recall.