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All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE (PPA) are being recalled. You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND. Please read this CAREFULLY. Also, please pass this on to everyone you know.
STOP TAKING anything containing this ingredient. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicine.
[Collected via e-mail, November 2000]
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!! The FDA has announced a recall of all drug products containing PPA (phenylpropanolamine). The AAFES stock assortment contains
5252333 ALKA-SELTZER PLUS
7388036 TRIAMINIC TRIAMINICOL
9175688 CONTACT SEVERE COLD 16 CT
1190814 COMTREX DEEP CHEST 24 CT
7533225 DEXATRIM XS W/VIT C
6400584 DEXATRIM EXT DURATION (PHASE-OUT STATUS)
3131711 ACCUTRIM MAXIMUM STRENGTH
1307750 DIMETAPP DM COUGH/COLD
3028438 DIMETAPP ELIXER
1216522 ALKA SELTZER PLUS COLD LIQUID
3709664 ALKA SELTZER PLUS NIGHT TIME (PHASE OUT STATUS)
5275920 ALKA SELTZER PLUS ORANGE
3782000 ALKA SELTZER PLUS TABS
3509700 ALKA SELTZER PLUS NIGHT TIME TABS
7730608 AAFES TUSSIN CF COUGH FORMULA 4 OZ.
8515727 AAFES DIMAPHEN ELIXIR 4 OZ.
8093916 AAFES EFFERVESCENT COLD RELIEF 36 COUNT
3024833 AAFES DIET CAPLETS
3247319 ROBITUSSIN CF COUGH SYRUP
3114808 COMTREX MULTI SYMPTOM
3377900 SINE OFF SINUS
This recall action is mandatory and should be accomplished as soon as possible. Report compliance to respective Region retail offices via TAO. Contact CARTERRE with questions.
The list of products cited in the
The FDA recommends that consumers read the labels of OTC drug products to determine if the product contains PPA. The Agency believes this to be the most accurate method for determining the PPA content of OTC products rather than providing an incomplete or out-of-date list of products that may have already been reformulated and no longer contain PPA.
According to the FDA, "Although the risk of hemorrhagic stroke is very low, FDA recommends that consumers not use any products that contain PPA." The FDA warning came as a result of a
Barbara "better a head cold than six-feet-deep cold" Mikkelson
|PPA Info Sheet
|Q&A on PPA
Stolberg, Sheryl Gay. "FDA Ban Sought on Chemical Used for Cold Remedies." The New York Times. 20 October 2000. St. Petersburg Times. "Medicine Ingredient Is Called Perilous." 20 October 2000.