Advance Pharmaceutical medicines recalled

Hong Kong’s Department of Health (DH) has endorsed the recall by licensed pharmaceutical manufacturer Advance Pharmaceutical of five products from the market.
The products, supplied to pharmacies throughout Hong Kong and exported to Macau, are:

  • Harex Gripe Mixture (registration number: HK-57713).
  • Andrex Baby Water (HK-57714).
  • Hap Gripe Mixture 0.3% (HK-57284)
  • Advance Gripe Mixture 0.3% (HK-58165).
  • Prolyter Baby Water 0.3% (HK-58168).

“We were notified by APC that one batch of the above five products was found to have failed the microbial test during the ongoing stability study,” said a DH spokesperson in a statement.
“As a precautionary measure, APC is recalling all the above products from the market. Investigations into the causes are underway,” the spokesman said.
Advance has set up a hotline (2680 3034) to answer related enquiries and the DH says it will closely monitor the recall.
The products, which all contain sodium bicarbonate, are over-the-counter medicines used for the relief of abdominal pain due to trapped wind and stomach upset in babies and young children.
“Healthcare professionals and pharmacies are advised to stop supplying the affected products to patients. Members of the public who are taking the products should stop and consult their doctors for advice,” the spokesman advised.

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