DHMH Warns Against Use of Baczol
Product marketed as pediatric cold medicine contains antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription
BALTIMORE (August 21, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is again warning consumers about the use of an unapproved medicine called Baczol, which contains an antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription and is ineffective against some of the conditions for which it is commonly purchased. DHMH previously issued an alert about Baczol in April 2012.
This unapproved medicine, which is produced outside the United States, is marketed specifically for pediatric populations under the names Baczol, Pediatric Baczol, or Baczol Antigripal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also previously issued an import alert for this medication (Import Alert # 66-41, 2/7/2011). DHMH has discovered that this product continues to be available for sale in multiple convenience stores that serve Latino communities in Maryland.
“This product is not safe for young children,” says Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary.
Consumers who are already using this product should consult their health care provider. The Department recommends that health care providers ask patients whether they have used or are using this product. If so, providers are urged to recommend that their patients discontinue use of the product. In addition, providers or others who are aware that the product is for sale are urged to contact their local health department.
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