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Cough syrup recalled over potentially dangerous contamination

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2024 | Products Liability

Haleon, the producer of Robitussin cough syrup, is recalling several batches of the medicine due to a contamination risk that could be deadly for certain types of people.

This week, the company announced recalls of its Robitussin Honey CF Max Day Adult and Robitussin Honey CF Max Nighttime Adult cough syrups. There were concerns that the products could cause “severe or life-threatening adverse events,” making them dangerous for individuals with compromised immune systems. These individuals include HIV patients and organ transplant recipients.

Haleon would not reveal the nature of the contamination. However, the manufacturer warned that using its products could result in fungal infections. The recalled medicines have expiration dates from October 2025 to June 2026.

Steps to take if you’re affected

If you’ve suffered any injury or illness from taking any of the recalled cough syrups, you’ll have to act quickly and seek medical attention. While recovering, don’t forget to document your medical condition, including your symptoms, the number of hospital visits you’ve had, and any related expenses.

You should also keep the cough syrup that caused your medical complications as evidence. This includes the packaging and receipt.

All these things will become useful if you file a product liability lawsuit.

Legal options

Under Virginia law, you may have the right to seek compensation for your medical condition through a product liability lawsuit. Design defects, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings/instructions can all be grounds for a claim. In this cough syrup case, the defect is likely related to manufacturing.

You can claim damages through a lawsuit, which can cover your medical expenses, lost wages as well as pain and suffering. The lawsuit can also claim punitive damages, depending on whether the manufacturer had committed any wrongdoing.

Product liability lawsuits are complicated and facing them alone is not recommended. You’ll need legal know-how to navigate the process and ensure your case is airtight. Consider working with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and protect your rights in court.