If You Have These Meds, There's a "Risk of Poisoning," Officials Warn


Your prescription medications are supposed to keep you in good health, but in some unfortunate cases, they could be putting you in harm's way. On Feb. 21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of approximately 21,400 packages of prescription medication due to the poisoning risk they may pose. Read on to discover if an item in your medicine cabinet is affected by the recall. And for more potential hazards hiding in your home, If You're Taking This Supplement, Stop Now, FDA Says.

The recall affects nine different prescription medications made by Dr. Reddy: 100 mg Imatinib Mesylate tablets, 400 mg Imatinib Mesylate tablets, 50 mg Pregabalin capsules, 75 mg Pregabalin capsules, 100 mg Pregabalin capsules, 150 mg Pregabalin capsules, 800 mg Sevelamer Carbonate tablets, 5 mg Tadalafil tablets, and 20 mg Tadalafil tablets. "The packaging of the products is not child resistant and can pose a risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children," the recall notice states. If you're unsure if a medication you take is subject to the recall, the full list of product lot and NDC numbers can be found on the CPSC recall page.

While no injuries or illnesses related to the use of the recalled medications have been reported, the CPSC recommends contacting Dr. Reddy's at 888-375-3784 or online at www.drreddys.com to receive a refund. In the meantime, the CPSC recommends that anyone with the affected pills at home "immediately store the recalled medications in a safe location out of reach of children."

Dr. Reddy's medications aren't the only product to be pull from the market recently, however. Read on to find out which household staples could be putting your health and safety at risk. And for more products to ditch, If You Have This Popular Sauce at Home, Don't Use It, FDA Warns.

Hand soap

On Feb. 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Scent Theory's voluntary recall of 636,3416 foaming hand soaps in Eucalyptus Mint, Fresh Lavender, Lemon Citrus, and Vanilla Coconut scents. The soaps were recalled after it was discovered that they may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia bacteria, which could cause serious respiratory infections and may be transmitted from person to person. The affected products can be identified by UPC 8-40038-20965-1 for Eucalyptus Mint, UPC 8-40038-20966-8 for Fresh Lavender, UPC 8-40038-20963-7 for Lemon Citrus, and UPC 8-40038-20964-4 for Vanilla Coconut.

Scent Theory said that there were no reports of adverse reactions from customers as of now, and added that the recalled soaps have been off shelves since Jan. 7. "Consumers who have this product at home may return it to us for a refund. For questions or additional information please send an email to [email protected]," the company said in a statement to Best Life. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Electric smokers
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Those smoked ribs you were going to make this weekend may have to wait if you were planning to use your Presto Indoor Electric Smoker to prepare them. On Feb. 17, the CPSC announced the recall of 25,000 of the Presto devices over concerns about smoke and fire risk due to a defective heating element. The smokers subject to the recall are model numbers 0601304 and 0601405 and have the following UPC numbers printed on them: 075741060132 and 075741060149. If you have one of these devices at home, the CPSC suggests that you stop using it now and contact Presto at 833-909-1524 or via the company's recall page to get a refund. And for more safety risks to avoid, If You Have These Seasonings at Home, Get Rid of Them, USDA Says.

Body jewelry
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It's not just keeping your new piercing clean that you have to worry about—if you bought body jewelry from Primark, you may find yourself dealing with an uncomfortable allergic reaction, too. On Feb. 17, the CPSC announced the recall of four different pieces of Primark body jewelry due to high levels of nickel, which can cause skin irritation. The recall includes five-packs of nose studs in white gold- or yellow gold-toned metal, and single packs of belly button barbells in the same two hues. The affected nose rings can be identified by Kimball number 4102701 or 4102702 printed on the packaging, while packaging for the barbells is printed with Kimball number 2064701 or 2064702. If you have the recalled jewelry at home, the CPSC recommends that you "immediately stop using" the items and return them to Primark for a full refund. And for another warning from the country's top health officials, If You See This at Your Gym, Don't Go Inside, CDC Warns.

Heat therapy massagers

Massages are supposed to be relaxing, but that's hardly the case if the tool you're using to give them sets on fire. On Jan. 28, the FDA announced the recall of Wahl Deluxe Heat Therapy Massagers, Model 4212 because the product "can overheat causing smoke or spark, which may pose a fire hazard." If you have this massager at home, you can call Wahl at 800-767-9245 or email the company at [email protected]. Not only will Wahl refund you the full purchase price and provide complimentary shipping for anyone sending the product back, but they will also pay you an extra $10 as an inconvenience fee. And if you want to play it safe, If You Have This Meat at Home, Throw It Away Now, USDA Says.