P&G voluntarily recalls Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray


vicksnasalspraySince winters are approaching, swine flu is on its peak along with routine flu season, we need to be cautious for our health. Winter season has been known for general cold, congestion and sinus problems. This is the season for peak sales for over the counter or prescription drugs use for treating the cold.  Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray provides fast relief of sinus and nasal congestion. It is an effective decongestant that relieves sinus pressure and shrinks swollen nasal membranes so that you can breathe more freely. Recently Proctor & Gamble, makers of Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray voluntarily recalled approximately 120,000 bottles. If you have recently purchased the product, you should stop its use immediately. Here are the few questions and answers in regard of recall.

P&GWhy Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray has been recalled?
Proctor & Gamble voluntarily recalled Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray after finding the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia in a small amount in the product made in Germany and sold in the United States. 

Which batch number product has been affected?
The lot numbers of the products are as follows:


Lot #


Product Name


United States

Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12-Hour
Decongestant Ultra Fine Mist, 15ml., Nasal Spray


United Kingdom

Vicks Sinex Micromist acqueous Nasal
Spray solution, 15 ml



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Wick inex
Schunpfenspray Dosiersystem, 15ml

 This lot number is listed on both the outer carton and the bottle.  

Can I replace the Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray purchased recently?
Yes, you can make replacement if you have these specific lots number of Vicks. You need to call P&G for a replacement coupon or refund at the following numbers: 

·  United States: Please call: 1.877.876.7881

·  United Kingdom: Please call: 0800.5555.15

·  Germany: Please call: 0800.111.6131

lungsWhat are the adverse effects associated with B. cepacia infected product?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), B. cepacia is typically found in water and soil, although transmission of the organism from contaminated medicines and devices has been reported. These bacteria are often resistant to commonly used antibiotics. B. cepacia poses little health risk to people who are healthy, but individuals who have chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis or whose immune system is weakened may be more susceptible to serious infection. The bacteria are a known cause of infections in hospitalized patients. 

Is there any adverse effects have been reported so far?
According to FDA and other reports there have been no reported illnesses connected to the contamination. 

What if I feel adverse effects after using the affected product?
Call your doctor and get consultation.  Any adverse events with the use of this product should be reported via the FDA’s MedWatch adverse events reporting program. You can report them via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch Web site at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If you have purchased the product or have in your home, do check the lot number. If it matches with the recalled lot number of Vicks Nasal Spray, do not use it and get a replacement. The good news is that FDA and P&G have acted on the contamination problem.


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