Safety Alerts & Recalls

What does this mean?

There have been no reports of illness from this recalled product. However, the bacteria in the recalled product could cause serious infections in individuals with a compromised immune system, or those with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. The risk of illness in a healthy individual following the use of the recalled product is low.

If you are using a Vicks Sinex nasal spray product, please check to see if you have any of the recalled Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12-Hour Decongestant Ultra Fine Mist, 15 ml, Nasal Spray product with lot number 9239028831 in your home. You can find the lot number printed on both the outer carton and the bottle. If you have traveled to Germany or the United Kingdom and purchased a Vicks nasal spray product, look to see if it is one of the products and lots involved in the recall. If you have any of the recalled product, you should simply stop using it and throw away the affected product as you would any OTC medicine. Information about properly disposing of medications can be found here:

If you have any of the product involved in the recall, you can contact Proctor & Gamble for a replacement coupon or refund at: 1-877-876-7881 (Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 6PM US ET, Saturday - Sunday, 9AM - 4PM US ET).

Recall on Vicks Sinex Vapospray Nasal Spray

The Procter & Gamble Company is voluntarily recalling several lots of its Vicks Sinex nasal spray. The company is carrying out this recall because bacteria (B. cepacia) was found in a small amount of the product made in its plant in Germany where the U.S. product is made. At this time, the company's analysis shows that this problem was limited to a single batch of raw material and only involves 3 lots sold in the U.S., Germany, and the United Kingdom. Proctor & Gamble is removing the product in question from store shelves and has informed regulatory authorities.

The voluntary recall applies only to the follow lots of Vicks Sinex nasal spray: Lot number 9239028831 Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12-Hour Decongestant Ultra Fine Mist, 15 ml., Nasal Spray (sold in the United States)

Lot Number 9224028832 Vicks Sinex Micromist Aqueous Nasal Spray Solution, 15 ml (sold in the United Kingdom)

Lot Number 9224028833 Wick Sinex Schnupfenspray Dosiersystem, 15 mL (sold in Germany)

The U.S. product Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12-Hour Decongestant Ultra Fine Mist involved in this recall is available over-the-counter (OTC) and contains the active ingredient oxymetolazine. There are other available Vicks nasal spray products with similar names and some contain the active ingredient phenylepherine. However, no other lots of Vicks Sinex Vapospray or other Vicks nasal spray products are involved in the recall.

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Source: FDA
Publication Date: 2009-11-20
Last Updated: 2009-12-04

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