The ThermaCare HeatWrap lots impacted are S68516 (Muscle Pain Therapy 3+1 count carton), T26686 (Muscle Pain Therapy 3 count carton), T26691 (Menstrual Pain Therapy 3 count carton), T26693 (Menstrual Pain Therapy 3+1 count carton); and 8054HA and 8054HB (11 count bundled packages contain one (1) package of Muscle Therapy Heatwraps, 8HR (3 Count) and two packages of Joint Therapy Heatwraps, 8HR (4 Count).
ThermaCare Joint Therapy Heatwraps 8HR are not subject to this recall notification, according to Pfizer.
According to Pfizer, it had already notified its retailers of this recall on Oct. 2, 2018 and provided instructions for the return of any recalled product. Wholesalers, distributors and retailers with an existing inventory of the lot being recalled should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately. Wholesalers, distributors and retailers that have further distributed the recalled product should notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product from them.
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare removed the product in question from store shelves and asked consumers who have purchased and are still in possession of the affected product to discontinue use of the products, record the lot number, throw the product away in its entirety without opening the foil pouch, and to contact the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Information Line for replacement or reimbursement.
In other recall news, one lot each of Option+ Family Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ and Personnelle Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ have been voluntarily recalled by Empack Spraytech Inc. because of bacterial contamination. The sunscreens were found to contain multiple types of Lactobacillus brevis and either Micrococcus luteus or Staphylococcus hominis novobiosepticus, according to Health Canada.
Although Lactobacillus brevis has not been documented to cause any illness in humans, micrococcus luteus or staphylococcus hominis novobiosepticus may result in infection. The risk may be higher in children and individuals with a weakened immune system, said Health Canada.
To date, the agency has not received any adverse reaction reports involving the recalled sunscreens.
According to Health Canada, 5,924 units of Option+ Family Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+, 5,944 units of Personnelle Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ are affected.