Recall of Cough Medicine – TGA

As well as important information, this is a reminder that Australia is fortunate to have a service such as The Therapeutic Goods Administration.

We can have confidence in the health products and medicines available in Australia.

The TGA is just one part of a system constructed to make Australia a modern, first world country.

We do not have to endure prescription medicines being advertised directly to consumers, unlike in the USA. Direct advertising to consumers is banned. I am sure that is frustrating for some drug companies.

In the USA, advertisements along the lines of, ′Do you have a headache, and a itchy toe? See your doctor and check out XYZ disease. XXXXX drug treats XYZ with good results.′

You can imagine the resulting scenario in the doctor′s office, as fearful patients demand XYZ medicine and doctors fearing malpractice suits deal with the demands. We don’t have to put up with this pressure.

Australia has many progressive policies, systems and entities to give the 25 million of us the best chance of a decent life. However, Coalition attacks on these things has seen much suffering, misery, financial ruin and deaths. ROBODEBT is a case in point. The Coalition of the Liberal and National parties committed the worst act of bastardry in 100 years against thousands of vulnerable powerless citizens from the poorest class: social security recipients.

So we must protect the progressive, the fair, the humane, and the compassion of our society and its systems, and strive to strengthen these attributes.

Note: This recall information came fom a Disabilty Care agency.

See below from TGA:

Following a safety investigation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), 55 products containing pholcodine are being cancelled from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and those currently on pharmacy shelves are being recalled from pharmacies.

The cancellation and recall actions are being taken because of a link between pholcodine-containing medicines and an increased risk of anaphylactic reactions (a sudden, severe, and life-threatening allergic reaction) to certain medicines used as muscle relaxants during general anaesthesia (called neuromuscular blocking agents).

Pholcodine has been used in a wide range of over-the-counter pharmacy medicines to treat non-productive (dry) cough, particularly in syrups and lozenges. It is also used in combination with other medicines in products that treat the symptoms of cold and flu. 

Below is the list of medications being recalled:

What products are covered by the recall?

Here is the full list of recalled products, as supplied to the ABC by the Therapeutic Goods Administration:

  • APOHEALTH DRY TICKLY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle (new formulation)
  • APOHEALTH DRY TICKLY COUGH RELIEF FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • APOHEALTH DRY TICKLY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • CHEMISTS’ OWN DRY TICKLY COUGH FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle (new formulation)
  • CHEMISTS’ OWN DRY COUGH FORTE pholcodine 3mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • CHEMISTS’ OWN DRY COUGH REGULAR pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • CHEMISTS’ OWN DRY COUGH pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • LOGICIN DRY COUGH pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • DURO-TUSS DRY COUGH LIQUID FORTE pholcodine 3mg/mL oral liquid bottle (new formulation)
  • DURO-TUSS DRY COUGH LIQUID 6 YEARS+ pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle (New Formula)
  • DURO-TUSS DRY COUGH LOZENGES lemon flavour blister pack
  • DIFFLAM PLUS DRY COUGH + ANTIBACTERIAL + ANTI-INFLAMMATORY pineapple lime flavour lozenge blister pack
  • DIFFLAM PLUS DRY COUGH + ANTIBACTERIAL + ANTI-INFLAMMATORY honey lemon ginger flavour lozenge blister pack
  • DURO-TUSS DRY COUGH LOZENGES orange flavour blister pack
  • DIFFLAM PLUS DRY COUGH + ANTIBACTERIAL + ANTI-INFLAMMATORY blackcurrant flavour lozenge blister pack
  • BENADRYL DRY, TICKLY COUGH FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • CODRAL DRY COUGH FORTE STRENGTH pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • PRICELINE PHARMACY DRY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 5mg/5mL oral liquid bottle
  • PHARMACY HEALTH DRY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 5mg/5mL oral liquid bottle
  • TERRYWHITE CHEMMART DRY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • TERRYWHITE CHEMMART DRY COUGH FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • PHARMACY CHOICE PHOLCODINE DRY FORTE 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • SOUL PATTINSON DRY TICKLY COUGH MEDICINE pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • PHARMACY CHOICE DRY COUGH RELIEF FORTE pholcodine 20mg/5mL oral liquid bottle
  • PHARMACY CHOICE DRY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 5mg/5 mL oral liquid bottle
  • TERRYWHITE CHEMMART DRY COUGH RELIEF FORTE pholcodine 20mg/5mL oral liquid bottle
  • NOUMED DRY COUGH LIQUID FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • NOUMED DRY COUGH LIQUID pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • PHARMACY CHOICE DRY TICKLY COUGH MEDICINE pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • TERRYWHITE CHEMMART DRY COUGH RELIEF pholcodine 5mg/5mL oral liquid bottle
  • AMCAL DRY COUGH FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • AMCAL DRY COUGH MIXTURE pholcodine 1mg/mL oral liquid bottle
  • PHARMACY HEALTH DRY COUGH RELIEF FORTE pholcodine 4mg/mL oral liquid bottle

Now let ponder on how fortunate we in Australiaare in a chaotic and unfair world, and remember that the biggest threat we have is corruption.

404 thoughts on “Recall of Cough Medicine – TGA

  1. A female shooter wielding two “assault-style” rifles and a pistol killed three students and three adults at a private Christian school in Nashville yesterday in the latest in a series of mass shootings in a country growing increasingly unnerved by bloodshed in schools. It will never end.

    And we chain our future to a country where this sort of thing is BAU ! ? It is a ‘sick puppy’ of a society and their politicians come from that society. Something to remember.

  2. Last week the SMH editorial was urging a vote for the then status quo by re-electing the Perrottet government. Now, a few days after that election the SMH editorial has done a complete backflip and is trying to tell us Perrottet was leading a stale, corrupt government. If only they had said that last week!

    if this election has taught us anything it would be how irrelevant the MSM is. How many people want to be told by some faceless editorial writer what to think? The sooner Nine falls in a heap and has to close its papers the better.

  3. Bloody brilliant! (and definitely “read more”)

    Seems Tony Burke has been sitting on that Barrie Cassidy appointment for quite some time – and has had the last laugh in this saga.

    Insiders host Barrie Cassidy quits post he received from Labor on election eve
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    Tony Burke and my oma – people who never forget a slight.

  4. Spluttered into my coffee when I saw this end of a headline in The Australia. They have someone with this title 😆

    Environment Editor

    They sure do sound deeply concerned with the environment .

    The Greens have secured a bloody-minded victory over Labor that will impose high costs on energy producers and the economy in a way that does not apply to our international competitors.

  5. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  6. My OH is peeling and dicing the Biiiiggggggg mango –

    A further update is pending on completion of the ritual, stay tuned!

    • That was a hedonistic pleasure beyond words, tinged with sadness because it is gone.

      We do however have another one about 900 gms or so still ripening on the tree so I still have that to look forward to.

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  7. I think overall that it’s a good thing that the Minns government starts off as a minority, which seems to be the case now. For a start, it would make them somewhat humble in their approach to government, given that a no-confidence motion would be the consequence of outrageously bad behaviour, which could happen at any time and not just at the next election.

    This could then allow for the rehabilitation of NSW Labor in the voters’ eyes, an accountable government that makes up for the sins of Obeid and company during the last period of state Labor rule.

    So far, most of the crossbench seems to be open to giving a minority Labor government a chance, what with the signed document of confidence and supply from 3 Independents, plus hopefully cooperation from the Greens, so I hope that goodwill isn’t squandered.

  8. The Cossacks earned a reputation as being fierce warriors. From this video you can see why but jeebus they must have been pissed when guns arrived .

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