Health Canada has issued an advisory after a bottle of children’s Flintstones Plus Iron multivitamins (NPN 02247995) was found to contain unidentified capsules instead of the proper multi-coloured chewable tablets.
The opened bottle with the safety seal removed was turned in to a Pharmaprix pharmacy in Longueuil, Quebec in December 2017.
Health Canada says that at this time it, and company Bayer Inc., are aware of only the one incident involving the vitamins shaped like Flintstones characters.
Bayer has informed Health Canada that it has completed an investigation and has concluded that the unidentified capsules found in the bottle were not due to an issue at the Bayer manufacturing site.
The investigation also concluded that the unidentified capsules are not a product manufactured or sold by Bayer.
Consumers are asked to:
- Inspect the bottle to be sure the bottle contains the proper chewable tablets before giving to a child. In general, check any health product before consuming it to make sure it appears as expected. If in doubt, check with a pharmacist.
- Check product packaging before buying to make sure they have not been opened, torn, damaged or otherwise tampered with.
- Consult with your health care professional if your child has consumed unidentified capsules and has health concerns.
- Contact Bayer Inc. with any concerns about this product by calling toll-free at 1-800-714-4449.
- Report adverse events to health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1‑866‑234‑2345, or by reporting online, by mail or by fax.
- Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1‑800‑267‑9675, or complete an online complaint form
The health risks of consuming the unidentified capsules are not known.