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Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G;) makes their Vicks nasal spray in a plant in Germany. Yesterday P&G; announced a recall of about 120,000 bottles of it after they found bacteria in the testing samples.

The bacterium was the Bukholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) which is often resistant to antibiotics. It is found in soil and water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it is not a great risk if you are healthy; but if you have a weakened immune system or any lung disease it could pose a danger of respiratory infection.

This same bacterium was the cause of another recall back in 2004, when the product Major Twice-a-Day 12 Hour Nasal Spray, made by Propharma, was contaminated with it.

In this P&G; case, the contaminated batch was divided into three lots, one each for the U.S., the U.K. and Germany. They are all being recalled. The specific product for the U.S. is:

  • Lot # 9239028831 of Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12-Hour Decongestant Ultra Fine Mist 15 ml, Nasal Spray

Both P&G; and the FDA are recommending that if you have any of this nasal spray, you should stop using it and contact P&G; for a replacement coupon or a refund. The lot numbers are printed on both the box and the bottle.

So far there have been no reports of any illness arising from this defective product. However, if you have been experiencing any adverse effects from it, please call or email our defective product attorneys today and we will schedule a free consultation for you.

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